Ontario Helping Veterans and their Families Start New Careers
New training partnership helps military families transition into civilian jobs
TORONTO — Ontario's Government is piloting an innovative project to help members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) transition to civilian life.
The pilot, known as Elevate Plus - Military, will teach former CAF personnel soft skills like conflict resolution, in addition to technical skills. It will also provide paid job placements.
"Armed Forces members generally exit the service at an age where they have many years of work ahead of them," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "But the transition to civilian life is a dramatic one. It often requires people to learn new skills to help them find potential employers, succeed in an interview and then excel in a new work environment."
The Ontario government is contributing $834,900 to the pilot, which is made possible through a partnership between the province, Quinte Economic Development Commission and Loyalist College. The project will create 56 training opportunities at CFB Trenton for careers in the IT and financial sectors.
In addition to the career specific training, veterans and their family members will also develop important soft skills they need for success in the civilian economy, like business etiquette and conflict resolution in the workplace.
"By leveraging the talents of the local military men and women at CFB Trenton, the entire Bay of Quinte community benefits," said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. "Through partnerships like this, we can help our veterans and their families support job creation, and help businesses find the skilled employees they need to succeed."
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will consider using a similar project to help military families elsewhere in Ontario.
"We hope this pilot will serve as a model we can roll out across the province," said Minister McNaughton.
- Ontario is supporting Elevate Plus - Military with $834,900 over 2 years.
- Elevate Plus-Military, is a partnership between the Quinte Economic Development Commission, Loyalist College and the Military Family Resource Centre at CFB Trenton.
- On average, 3,850 service members leave the Canadian Armed Forces each year to live or work in Ontario. Their average age upon release from service is 38.5.
“Our veterans deserve to have the ability to transition to civilian life after serving in the armed forces. Through this new regional pilot, our government is ensuring that members of our Armed Forces receive the skills and training they need to get a well paying career in an in-demand sector.”
“Loyalist College is delighted to expand its partnership with Quinte Economic Development Commission on a project designed to prepare Canadian Forces Base Trenton military family members and former military personnel to fill vacant positions within the Bay of Quinte region. As Honorary Colonel of 426 (Transport) Training Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton, I understand firsthand the challenges for individuals to train and secure employment within the military posting cycle, and I am proud that Loyalist Training & Knowledge Centre will deliver an intensive six-week program that works within the parameters of this schedule and provides a job trial to create connections with employers.”
Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
“Quinte Economic Development Commission is pleased to partner in this pilot project that will connect military family members and former military personnel with in-demand jobs in the Bay of Quinte Region. This fast track program will help people develop portable skills required for them to find employment in our region’s growing economy. This will help local business fill available positions allowing them to grow and maintain a competitive edge.”
“Serving in the military is not just a job, it’s a way of life that involves the entire family. For many who have served, regardless of their time in uniform, their time in the Canadian Armed Forces becomes synonymous with their identity. That is why transitioning from military to civilian life can be a challenging transition for our members and their families to make. For this reason, I wish to express, on behalf of serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces, appreciation for initiatives aimed at assisting them and their families. We look forward to future collaboration with the Province of Ontario on this and other efforts supporting serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families.”
Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson