Beyond The Uniform

Canadian Coast Guard committed to hiring transitioning CAF Personnel 

The Canadian Coast Guard is committed to helping Veterans and transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members find employment during their transition to civilian careers and life.

Currently marketing themselves as the employer of choice retiring Veterans as well as active CAF members, the Canadian Coast Guard recognizes the skills, training, and diverse talent that would add to their current personnel.

“The Coast Guard recognizes that veterans and transitioning CAF members are highly trained, skilled, and a diverse talent source that we can use to staff future and current needs,” says Carole Saindon, public relations, Canadian Coast Guard. “As such, we intend to continue to increase our recruitment efforts targeting this talent source into our workforce, with an overall objective of making the Coast Guard a highly attractive career alternative to life after the military.”

Saindon says the CCG and CAF share many similarities making it an employer of choice for a former military member who is seeking to continue being of service to Canada.

“The many competencies and skills acquired through a military career such as leadership, teamwork, professionalism, integrity, problem-solving, and communication, are considered to be transferable skills that are highly sought in the Coast Guard,” says Saindon.

Working on vessels, in the field, and in-office settings are just a few opportunities the Canadian Coast Guard offers to recruits. 

Similar to the CAF, applicants are required to go through a series of tests, interviews, and assessments.

“We are proud of the increased number of veterans and transitioning members that have joined the Coast Guard in recent years, for both shore-based and seagoing hires,” says Saindon. “We have successfully hired veterans into our Environmental Response and search and rescue programs, as well as Incident Management, Maritime Security, Operational Management, and Coast Guard Personnel.”

The CCG is currently hiring for various positions. According to the 2018 Public Service Employee Survey, the majority of Coast Guard employees get a sense of pride (89 per cent) and satisfaction (81per cent) from the work that they do, and like their job (84 per cent) – above the average scores for the Public Service.

Saindon says they are motivated to keep those positive results high and to continuously improve them.

An up-to-date listing of career opportunities can be found at Canadian Coast Guard Careers and the public service website

 “Individuals who are interested in transitioning to another rewarding career, where their experience and skills will be valued and respected, should consider beginning their next adventure with us,” says Saindon.

Visit the Coast Guard website here ( to learn more and follow the Canadian Coast Guard on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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