Spousal/partner employment

Finding meaningful employment and continuity in their chosen career can be a challenge for spouses/partners of military members who may move from one location to another during their career. Fulfilling job opportunities are important to a family’s financial well-being and for an individual’s morale and self-esteem.

Spousal/Partner Employment

Military Family Services, working in collaboration with Military Family Resource Centres and community partners, provides resources to support your search for employment in a new community. For example:

  • Job Seekers accesses the top job search sites, provincial employment support programs and placement agencies to help you find career opportunities in your community.
  • If you are looking to become an entrepreneur, you can also review the list of programs and resources available for military families. These include workshops, financial resources, and mentoring.

As part of the Military Spouse Employment Initiative, the Department of National Defence is launching new resources to support military spouses/partners in their search for employment.

  • The Military Spouse Casual Inventory is a resource to help relocating/relocated military spouses/partners search for casual employment (90 working days per calendar year) in the federal public service. The inventory has various positions, including positions in Administrative Services, Clerical Services, Cleaners, Language Teachers, Storespersons, Food Services and Labour/Tradehelpers. For more information on the inventory, review the Military Spouse Casual Inventory fact sheet or apply now
  • The Military Spousal Employment Network is a resource to help military spouses/partners of currently serving members find meaningful employment. The network is a self-directed resource with direct access to explore available employment opportunities, an online job board, and participate in virtual and in-person career fairs.

Training Tools

CAFConnection also links to many resources to help spouses find or create employment opportunities.

Accreditation challenges

Differing accreditation standards among the provinces and territories can present challenges for military families, as they move more frequently than the average Canadian household. To help with planning, learn more about how regulated occupations work in Canada with Provincial Certification Must-Knows. You will also find what you can do to limit the effect professional licensing transfer has on your career.

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