Promoting research

An accurate understanding of Canadian military families is crucial for providing relevant support. Insightful research informs and guides community partnerships, more effective resource allocation, and service delivery tailored to the support you need.

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research supports and inspires Canadian research, partnerships, and knowledge sharing, to enhance the lives of Canadian military personnel, veterans, and their families. The Institute has worked to develop a research network of over 1000 researchers from 43 Canadian universities. Every Canadian province has academic representation, helping the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research to harness a national capacity for research, in addition to seven global affiliates.

Access to Canadian-based research is now more readily available through Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research publications of its Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health – an on-line, open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Research Focus, a publication series from Canadian Armed Forces Military Family Services, is another example of efforts to increase public access to research findings related to military families. Studies completed by Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis can also be found on the Military Family Services website.

Vanier Institute

The Vanier Institute for Families is an important partner of the Canadian Armed Forces for building “military literacy” in Canadian communities.  The Institute’s 2018 Snapshot of Military and Veteran Families in Canada is intended to increase awareness among the public and service providers of the unique challenges and stressors faced by military families.

Comprehensive Military Family Plan

As part of fulfilling initiative 24 of Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) has developed a Comprehensive Military Family Plan (CMFP).

The CMFP’s goal is to increase support and services to members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families to provide the best care and support possible. As part of this initiative, CFMWS is performing detailed research, conducting gap analysis, and validating community needs assessments to build a plan that will help military families manage the demands and conditions of service to the Canadian Armed Forces.

 For more information on the research that has been undertaken, visit the Comprehensive Military Family Plan (CMFP) page.

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In the Office of the Ombudman’s 2013 report, On the Homefront: Assessing the Well-being of Canada's Military Families, we recommended that the Canadian Armed Forces promote more extensive and independent research on Canadian military families. We made this recommendation because Canadian research on this subject suffered from the lack of a framework to support collaborative work as well as limited funding of civilian research.

Since 2013, we have seen an increase in both the interest and capacity to study military families.

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