About the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group

In coordination with our valued partners, Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group’s (CAF TG) mission is to deliver personalized, professional, and standardized casualty support and transition services to CAF members and their families to enable seamless transition and enhanced well-being with special attention provided to ill and injured personnel, their families and the families of the deceased. CAF TG is a Level 2 CAF formation established under the authority of the CDS and the Minister of National Defence (MND) reporting directly to Commander Military Personnel Command (CMPC) and responsible for the care of all personnel posted to, or part of, the formation as well as the effective and efficient implementation of all ill, wounded, injured, and transition policies.

CAF TG headquarters (HQ) is located in Ottawa, with nine regional Transition Units (TU) and 32 Transition Centres (TC) located across the country. TCs are integrated, one-stop centres where ill and injured CAF members and their families are offered casualty support. Once fully operational, these TCs, staffed by members from CAF/DND, VAC and our numerous partners, will offer professional, personalized, and standardized transition services to all CAF members, Veterans, and their families in order to inform, prepare, and empower them as they navigate toward life after service.

In addition to its existing mandate to support all ill and injured members, their families, and families of the fallen, the CAF TG has a mandate to support all members with professional services as they transition from active duty to post-military life.  We work in close collaboration with our numerous partners to support all CAF members and their families to prepare for and, at the appropriate time, enable a seamless transition.

Essentially, our role is to provide education and training on what transition comprises, to ensure that CAF members begin to think about transition early in their careers thereby improving transition readiness, and to deliver services, based on recognized domains of well-being. At the appropriate time, this support will enable successful transition and offer every member the opportunities needed to maximize their potential.

As CAF TG itself “transitions” to Full Operational Capability (FOC), we have implemented an Initial Transition Process that we will improve continuously until FOC is achieved. This provides the time to develop, demonstrate an evidence-based process that will be validated through the Transition Trial, as well as ensuring that CAF TG is sufficiently resourced to deliver on its mandate.

As of 1 Apr 2019, all transitioning members of the Regular Force (Reg F) and Primary Reserve (P Res) will follow a chain of command (CoC) implemented process that is detailed in the Initial Transition Process section of this chapter and Annex A. A process for all other CAF members (Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service (COATS), Canadian Rangers, and Supplementary Reserve (Sup Res)) will follow in the future.

In addition to this Initial Transition Process, CAF TG has also developed and implemented several services and tools to support transitioning members and their families. These services include:

This guide is a first step towards providing transitioning membersFootnote 1  and their chains of command with comprehensive guidance regarding transition. In addition, this document will also provide you with transition specific checklists, templates and links to assist you and your family to transitioning from military to civilian life.

For additional information, please visit the Military Transition page.

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