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Seamless Canada participants meet to improve services for posted CAF families

The Department of National Defence met with participants from the provinces and territories in Ottawa yesterday, June 12, 2019 to discuss the department’s Seamless Canada initiative.

The Department of National Defence launched Seamless Canada one year ago in Toronto to improve services when Canadian Armed Forces members and their families move to a different province or territory. 

“Looking after the women and men of our Canadian Armed Forces and their families is our top priority. Moving for military postings can be a difficult experience for members and their families, and we are committed to making that easier by resolving issues around relocation. We appreciate being able to work collaboratively with the provinces and territories to find ways to improve the lives of Canada’s military families,” Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.

 

A second meeting took place in December 2018 in Ottawa. The initiative aims to open communications channels and to establish co-operation between the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Seamless Canada participants.

Provinces and territories participated in the third roundtable yesterday in Ottawa. The meeting focussed on exchanging best practices regarding military family access to health care, as this challenge affects the greatest number of military family members across Canada.

“Relocating is never easy under the best of conditions. We need to ensure that Canadian Armed Forces members and their families can access the services they need efficiently and effectively when they are posted across the country to serve Canada and the Canadian people. I am committed to helping make things less stressful regardless of where they move across our country,” said Lieutenant-General Lamarre, Commander of Military Personnel Command in a press release. 

Discussions centred around health care services and current innovative approaches to delivering health care to military families.

The Seamless Canada initiative supports Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE), by helping the Canadian Armed Forces retain the talented people it recruits while ensuring their wellbeing.

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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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