Becoming a Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) member is a commitment for you and your family. Our different communities offer a variety of programs and services to meet yours and your family’s needs. CANSOFCOM units are based in the communities of Ottawa, Petawawa and Trenton.

If you have a family

CANSOFCOM deploys personnel around the world. Many Canadian security missions require stringent operational security policies. CANSOFCOM members must provide little to no deployment details to their families. Despite this, CANSOFCOM ensures adequate communications between its members and their families during deployments and provides support services at all times.

Operational tempo within CANSOFCOM can differ depending on the position and unit in which you are employed. Some members can be expected to be away from home for short periods of time on exercise throughout the year or on operational deployments which can vary from weeks to months.

CANSOFCOM understands that deployments can be challenging for families and has resources in place to help. Across CANSOFCOM, Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) personnel are assigned to provide support to CANSOFCOM families. These personnel offer excellent assistance to families when required.

All CANSOFCOM activities are conducted within the limits of Canadian law. The Government of Canada authorizes the missions and general tasks undertaken by CANSOFCOM at all times.

About Ottawa

Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is where CANSOFCOM HQ and JTF 2 are located. Throughout the year, the National Capital Region offers many festivals and family-friendly activities in addition to outdoor recreational activities and sporting events.

Services and information

The National Capital Region Military Family Resource Centre provides a variety of services to assist your posting to the NCR. Please visit CFSU(O)’s NCR for more information.

About Petawawa

CSOR, 427 SOAS and CSOTC are located in the town of Petawawa. It offers exceptional outdoor recreational activities with easy access to Algonquin Park and both the Petawawa and Ottawa Rivers.

Services and information

The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is partnered with CSOR to provide a variety of programs and services in English and French to meet the needs of you and your family.

Petawawa has much to offer its residents, with amenities and services for people of all ages.

Please visit the Garrison Petawawa website for more information.

Deployment supports and programs

The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is there for families experiencing separation while their soldier is required to spend time away from home for an extended period of time.

About Trenton

Trenton, situated in the municipality of Quinte West, is where CJIRU is located. Trenton and the surrounding Bay of Quinte area have an incredible amount to offer, including close access to Kingston and Toronto, and Prince Edward County’s wineries and beaches.

Services and information

Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) and Personnel Support Programs (PSP) are central in delivering support, personal development, fitness and recreation programs to military families.

Please visit the CFB Trenton website for more information.

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