Minister Sajjan Highlights Care for Military Members in Canada’s new Defence Policy
“The women and men who serve are the Canadian Armed Forces’ most important capability. By taking care of our people we are building a stronger, more agile military that will be better positioned to protect Canada and its citizens at home and abroad.”
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan
Through Canada’s Defence Policy, the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will take care of the women and men in uniform, and their families, by:
- Investing $198.2 million over the course of the policy to implement a new Total Health and Wellness Strategy that will expand wellness beyond the traditional healthcare model to include promotion, prevention, treatment, and support, and provide a greater range of health and wellness services and programs.
- Augmenting the CAF’s medical services branch by 200 additional personnel to meet the increased level of care that will be part of the new Total Health and Wellness Strategy.
- Increasing the proportion of women in the military by 1 percentage point annually, to achieve 25 percent representation by 2026, to our operational advantage.
- Continuing the implementation of the 10 recommendations of the Deschamps Report as part of Operation HONOUR.
- Transform the transition process to better support CAF members and their families by establishing a 1,200-person CAF Transition Group. The creation of this new group means our women and men will be taken care of from the moment they join the military, throughout their careers, and as they transition out of the CAF.
- Establishing up to 120 new military intelligence positions, some of which will be filled by Reservists, and add up to 180 new civilian intelligence personnel.
- Creating new occupations including a new CAF Cyber Operator occupation to attract Canada’s best and brightest talent.
The launch of Strong, Secure, Engaged concludes the most comprehensive review process in Canadian defence and security history – a year-long review process that included open and transparent consultations with Canadians, parliamentarians, defence experts, allies, and partners.
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Department of National Defence
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