Spotlight on culture change initiatives for military personnel

March 28, 2022 - Defence Stories


Every member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) team is entitled to work in an environment of mutual respect, dignity and inclusion

Every member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) team is entitled to work in an environment of mutual respect, dignity and inclusion, where they have the opportunity to contribute and achieve their full potential. The Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture (CPCC) organization stood up in April 2021 to unify, inform and coordinate our efforts. This organization has established a framework for a more holistic approach to culture change by engaging directly with Defence Team members to ensure their lived experiences are reflected in priorities and initiatives. In fact, since October, 279 diverse consultation sessions were held across the Defence Team, totaling more than 435 hours and attracting nearly 9,000 participants.

While CPCC is leading culture change strategy, all organizations in DND/CAF are responsible for implementing culture change, and there is tremendous work underway across the organization. Here are some highlights of culture change initiatives from Chief of Military Personnel and Military Personnel Command that will have a positive impact on the lives of our military members and the overall DND workplace:

Recent Activities and Initiatives

Upcoming Activities and Initiatives

The CAF is fully committed to creating a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive, safe and respectful – for every member of the Defence Team. This is how we will develop cohesive and inclusive teams and build our operational effectiveness. Culture change is essential to ensure increased operational effectiveness and to the reconstitution effort, as attraction, recruitment and retention are all directly linked to people feeling appreciated and welcome.

These initiatives are among just some of the work being done across the entire Defence Team to achieve lasting change, as DND/CAF continues to build an environment where all members feel supported by their organization, and are able to achieve their full potential.

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