National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman



In keeping with Government of Canada direction related to the limitation of non-essential services, our telephone lines, and our office's services are closed. We will update our status regularly so please check back for updates.

You may still complete an online complaint form. However, given the circumstances, please note that we cannot guarantee a specific response time to your query.

We have received a number of questions about how to apply for Employment Insurance, this is outside the mandate of this office, please refer to Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for most up to date information.

We work to ensure the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are fair in treating serving and former CAF members, DND employees, Cadets, family members, and other constituents. We seek to protect their access to the programs, services, and resources that can contribute to their well-being. In addition, we study and recommend ways to make these programs better.

We are independent of the military chain of command and civilian management. If you are a member of the Defence community and you feel the DND or the CAF has treated you unfairly or if you have any questions, we are ready to help.


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