The government pledged has $6 million a year towards modernizing the Military Family Services Program and providing additional support to military families.
The announcement was made today at the Winnipeg Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) by Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.
“Providing support to military families is a priority for this government. Last summer, I met with families in Winnipeg and listened to what is important to them. Today, I am pleased to announce that additional resources are being put to work to support our families. As a military family member myself, I appreciate how important this help can be,” said Romanado.
The benefits are expected to include extended childcare hours, expanded youth programs, and the provision of additional mental health services, including couples counselling and women’s workshops.
“Today we are reaffirming our commitment to care and support our people. The additional funding to MFRCs is a key Defence Policy investment that will help ease the stresses, burdens, and challenges associated with military life by providing CAF members and their families the support they require when and where they need it. Canada’s defence depends on our people and their families; looking after their health and welfare is our priority,” said Minister Sajjan.
The $6 million is expected to support all 32 MFRCs across Canada.
“The additional funding provided through the Strong, Secure, Engaged defence policy allows Military Family Resource Centres to enhance existing services and programs and introduce new ones. Given the important role families play in supporting our military, it only makes sense for us to focus our attention on services and programs that directly address issues related to them. This funding will, therefore, go a long way to enhance the support provided to the children, youth, and spouses we serve,” said Joël Roy, Executive Director, Winnipeg Military Family Resource Centre.
The increased funding is a result of the Comprehensive Military Family Plan as outlined in Canada’s new Defence Policy.