Veterans and their families

The Veteran Family Program (VFP), funded by Veterans Affairs Canada, is designed specifically to support the unique needs of medically releasing CAF members, medically released Veterans and their families.

Personalized meeting for veteran family

A counsellor who knows and understands the reality of Veterans’ families is available to answer your questions and guide you to the right resources. The meetings are customized according to your needs, confidential and free.

OSI Guide for the family

A guide about signs of Operational stress injury (OSI). It is intended for family members and friends and provides some answers to frequently asked questions.

Mental Health First Aid

Come learn to provide first aid to anyone showing sings of mental health problems or going through a mental health crisis. The workshop is adapted to the veteran community, their family members and theirs peer support providers. 
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Living your life to the fullest

Learn how to sleep better, feel more energetic, confident and happy, develop relationships and help others.
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Our Family Program Coordinators

The Veteran Family Program Coordinators connect releasing Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and families to services and resources that can facilitate the transition to civilian life.

    • Welcoming, listening, and needs assessment;
    • Information and referral to the appropriate military and community resources;
    • Intervention support and linkage with the various caseworkers involved when necessary;
    • Workshops and groups specially tailored to ease the transition to civilian life.

    Veteran Family Program Transition Programs

    Veteran Family Journal

    A tool with a wealth of useful information on release, worksheets and a long-term care plan for the family. Available online and in print at the Valcartier Family Centre. The paper version will allow you to group all your documentation on release into a convenient binder. Free.



    Platform including more than 70 training modules on different subjects releted to physical health, psychological health, interpersonal relationships and parenting. There are live video sessions during wich it is possible to interact with facilitators. Available through the website or mobile app. Veterans and their families use the username “canada” and the password “canada“. 

    The Mind's the Matter

    Military Family Services and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group are proud to introduce “The Mind’s the Matter” – a web-based, interactive video for CF families who may be living with someone who has an Operational Stress Injury (OSI).

    This initiative is a first-of-its-kind tool for Canadian Forces families. It provides real life solutions for spouses and teens coping with a difficult situation.

    Interactive video for spouse

    Interactive video for teen

    Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Resource

    An online learning tool designed for families and peer caregivers to improve the management of challenges related to the role of peer assistance. You’ll find information about OSI, the potential impact on caregivers and strategies for dealing with it. In partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, the Royal Ottawa Health Group and the Government of Canada. Free, no registration required.

    More information

    Other groups and workshops

    Compassion Fatigue Workshop

    You question yourself about the compassion fatigue ? You want to learn about it ?

    This workshop aims to improve the knowledge of compassion fatigue and how to prevent it, express concerns about it and provide resources.


    Life Plan


    The Valcartier MFRC invites you to participate in five free workshops on the theme “Life Plan.”

    If you are a veteran and :

    1- You are questioning yourself and would like to explore your interests, strengths and values

    2- You are in search of meaning and new projects, but you don’t know where to start

    3- You would like to talk to other veterans who want to move forward and find small or big goals to achieve

    4- You don’t want to rush into anything, but would like to reflect on your future

    LVAU (English version available soon)

    When you leave the Forces, you’re not only leaving behind a job, but a part of your military family as well.

    The goal of this workshop is to help you reflect on what you are leaving behind, but also on what you stand to gain. Counsellors and a veteran will lead a series of four workshops, lasting three hours each.

    For more information contact us by phone, email or Facebook!

    1 877 844-6060