Every year, thousands of military members transition out of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). To help support this transition, the CAF and several not-for-profit organizations have developed unique partnerships to help military members successfully launch a second career.
CAF Transition Program
While the CAF tries to retain as many members as possible, the CAF Transition Services Program helps members of the CAF who have been or will be released, by supporting their transition to the civilian workforce.
The Program includes a variety of initiatives to prepare members for a second career. It connects releasing military members with potential civilian employers, continuing education, vocational training and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Several non-project organizations also offer transition employment assistance.
- Military Employment Transition Program — Provided in co-operation with Canada Company, the Military Employment Transition Program is a one-stop web portal for serving and retired military members. The Program educates prospective employers, including private and public sector organizations, on the benefits of hiring former members of the CAF. It also connects employers to the retiring CAF population and potential employees. Any CAF member or veteran can open an account on the website and search for relevant programs, services and employment opportunities.
- Prince’s Charities (Operation Entrepreneur) — As part of the Prince’s Charities Canada, Operation Entrepreneur is for transitioning CAF members interested in entrepreneurship. It offers education, financing and mentoring to help CAF members start and sustain their own successful business.
- Helmets to Hardhats — Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) Canada is a partnership with Canada's building trades unions, including many employers across Canada, and government stakeholders. The program offers apprenticeship opportunities toward a journeyperson qualification in a building and construction trade, as well as potential opportunities in management positions in the building and construction industry.
- Canadian Franchise Association — The Canadian Franchise Association is working with the CAF to launch a veterans program to assist transitioning military personnel who are interested in becoming a franchise owner.
- Forces @ Work: Sustainable Job Placement Trial Project – Managed by the Calgary-based non-profit organization, Prospect Human Services, Forces @ Work is a hands on personal career service designed to explore career goals, assess a member’s wants and needs for a second career, identify gaps in training, manage expectations, and match transitioning CAF members with civilian careers. A two-year trial is currently being conducted in Edmonton, and the project intends to expand the service across Canada. The project offers placement services, retention services, as well as ongoing career and cultural transition support. The program was developed with input from military members for military members.