News Release

From Veterans Affairs Canada

Program will focus on helping Veterans and their families find a meaningful career after their military service.

February 14, 2018 – Ottawa – Veterans Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes the important role that a meaningful career plays in an individual’s overall personal and professional growth and success. That is why it is vital to ensure that measures are in place to assist those who have served and sacrificed so much for Canada.

Veterans Affairs Canada’s Career Transition Services (CTS) program, redesigned in Budget 2017 will launch on April 1st, 2018 and will assist Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, spouses/common-law partners and survivors with services such as career counselling, job-placement and job-finding assistance. This is an important part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to provide programs and services that support Veteran and family well-being.

During their service, Veterans develop skills and assets from first-class military training and experience. We want to help them leverage these assets and achieve their new post-military life goals. All Veterans who use VAC’s current Career Transition Services will be contacted by the Department about the newly redesigned CTS and how it will offer even more transitional support to Veterans.

On December 12, 2017, a $10.3 million contract was awarded by Public Services and Procurement Canada on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada for the delivery of the redesigned CTS program. The contract was awarded to Agilec, of Oshawa, Ontario and will run for approximately 43 months.

Quotes

“Through the Career Transition Services program Veterans – who have developed world class skills and assets throughout their career – find meaningful employment to help achieve their goals after their military service. This is key to improving the overall well-being of Veterans and their families and illustrates our Government’s continued commitment to provide better programs and benefits.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“Through this contract, the Government of Canada will be assisting Canada’s Veterans and their families prepare for the future as they make the transition from military to civilian life”

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Quick Facts

  • The redesigned CTS program begins on April 1, 2018.
  • The redesigned CTS program is part of a suite of benefits announced in Budget 2017.
  • This program provides participants with a better understanding of how their skills and experience can position them to find post-military employment that is meaningful to them.
  • The CTS program will be easier to access because services will be provided directly by contractors and will no longer require the Veteran to find or pay for a provider on their own.
  • Services would focus on an individual’s needs, building on the training and experience Canadian Armed Forces members gained while in service.
  • Services would be available for Veterans or survivors throughout their lives, whenever they need them.

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Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468
vac.media-medias.acc@vac-acc.gc.ca

Alex Wellstead
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

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