MP Anthony Rota highlights increased support for military families
April 11, 2018 – North Bay, ON – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Military families of 22 Wing North Bay will benefit from expanded programs and services through their community hub thanks to increased financial support from the Government of Canada.
Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, visited the North Bay Military Family Resource Centre today to see the local effects of an annual $6 million funding boost from the Department of National Defence for the Military Family Services program.
The new funding was announced in January 2018 and is part of Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. DND recently confirmed that North Bay MFRC’s share will amount to $141,760 for the fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19. The local investment will be put toward various initiatives, including programming for youth.
There are 32 MFRCs on Canadian Armed Forces bases and wings across the country.
In addition to social activities, MFRCs offer information, resources, referrals and services that support military families with deployments, relocation, employment, education and training, health and well-being, as well as programs for children and youth.
The Government of Canada recognizes that military families make an incredible contribution to the operational effectiveness of the CAF and is committed to providing them with support and services to manage the unique challenges and stresses they face.
In a related development, as of April 1 CAF veterans who are medically released and their families will have access to an expanded Veteran Family Program through all 32 MFRCs. These support services are intended to help with the transition to post-service life.
The North Bay MFRC was one of seven pilot sites for the program. Other locations were Victoria, Valcartier, Edmonton, Trenton, Shilo and Halifax.
Veterans Affairs Canada is committing $147 million over six years for the program expansion.
“The military personnel and families of 22 Wing are an important and significant part of our community’s social fabric. I am pleased that our government is providing additional resources to support these families and look after their well-being.”
— Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming
“Being involved with the North Bay MFRC Board of Directors for seven years, this has been the most promising support we’ve received. Support in terms of increased funds for military family program and new recognition of the need for a specific program for families of medically released veterans. This is a positive step in the right direction.”
—Lisa Henry, Board Chairperson, North Bay Military Family Resource Centre
- Military Family Services is the primary funder of 32 MFRCs located on bases/wings and units across Canada.
- MFRCs help the families of CAF members manage the uniqueness of Canadian military life. Along with a variety of programs and services, including counseling and support groups, MFRCs also provide information and referral services to local civilian resources.
- MFRCs are not-for-profit organizations managed by a volunteer board of directors who are elected by the community. The majority of board members are military family members.
- This investment is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment, defined in Canada’s new Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families with the best care and support possible.
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