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Canadian/Military Family Resource Centres (C/MFRCs)

FamilyForce
Connecting military families with C/MFRCs across the country and around the world, and a host of other national family resources.

Canadian Forces & Department of National Defence

Chief Military Personnel
Information for Canadian Forces (CF) personnel and their families, including Compensation and Benefits.  

Forces.gc.ca
Official website of the Department of National Defence (DND) and the CF, including the Air Force, Army, and Navy.

Military Families Fund
Assists military families faced with unforeseen and often immediate needs that have resulted due to conditions of service.

Ombudsman 
The Ombudsman strives to increase openness and transparency in the CF and DND, and to ensure the fair treatment of concerns raised by CF members, departmental employees and their families.

SISIP Financial Services
Delivers sound financial solutions to the CF community.

The Maple Leaf
The DND/CF weekly newspaper.

Children & Youth

Child Care Human Resources Sector Council
Provides research, training & career resources for professionals in the child care sector.

Child Care Resource and Research Unit
A wealth of online documents, resources and publications on child care research and policy in Canada and internationally.

Children's Books
Student Deployment Journal
Joey's Mom is Going Away
My Mom is a Soldier

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
A collection of articles written by internationally renowned experts on the psychosocial development of young children.

Military Youth on the Move
This US Department of Defense website helps kids deal with saying goodbye, moving, and starting over in a new place.

My Life - It's cool to talk about it!
This Canadian Mental Health Association site encourages teenagers to talk about their mental health concerns and issues before serious problems arise.

Sesame Workshop "Talk, Listen, Connect"
Provides support and resources for families experiencing deployment, multiple deployments, or changes due to combat-related injury.

Deployment & Reunion

Afterdeployment
A mental wellness resource for military members, veterans, and military families.

Deployment Support Groups
Deployment Support Groups offer a variety of services to all families of the Defence team during the extended absence of military personnel on Operations, courses, taskings, Temporary Duty (TD) and Imposed Restriction (IR).  Deployment Support Groups and Centres exist in the following locations: Air Force - Bagotville - Cold Lake - Comox - Edmonton -Gagetown - Petawawa Valcartier

Family Information Line
The Family Information Line (FIL) is a toll-free bilingual telephone service for families of Canadian military personnel, intended to provide timely and accurate information as well as reassurance, support and referrals to other resources as needed.

Returning from the War Zone
A guide for the families of military personnel

Education

CanLearn
Interactive and comprehensive information and services designed to help individuals save, plan and pay for lifelong learning opportunities

Dependent Education Management
Website of the National Defence department responsible for the education and related care of dependent students both inside and outside Canada.

Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
HRSDC’s mission is to build a stronger and more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians’ quality of life.

Language Portal of Canada
Informs readers about Canadian resources that deal with different aspects of language.

United Nations Cyber School Bus
Activities and projects that teach students about global issues in an interactive, engaging and fun way.

Youth Literacy
Information and resources for teachers, administrators and policymakers.

 Employment

Public Service Commission of Canada
Website of the independent agency responsible for safeguarding the values of a professional Public Service: competence, non-partisanship and representativeness.

Service Canada
Access a wide range of Government of Canada programs and services for citizens through more than 600 points of service located across the country, call centres, and the Internet.

The Current State of Canadian Family Finances
This Vanier Institute of the Family report provides a better understanding of the many diverse forces influencing Canadian family finances.

Volunteer Canada
The national leader on volunteerism.

Youth Canada
Government of Canada services for youth.

Family Violence Prevention

Family Violence Initiative
This Department of Justice Canada website provides information on family violence; emergency phone numbers; how to cover one’s tracks on the internet; community help, doctor and hospital care; and, emergency shelters.

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
Created by the Public Health Agency of Canada, this site offers a great range of free, bilingual resources regarding family violence prevention.

Shelternet
Reliable information for abused women in Canada. 

Health & Wellness

CF Health Info Guide
Detailed information on understanding and accessing CF health care benefits.

CF Health Services - Spectrum of Care
Guidelines for the medical and dental health care benefits and services that are available and publicly funded for CF members and eligible persons

College of Family Physicians of Canada
The College strives to improve the health of Canadians by promoting high standards of medical education and care in family practice.

Doctor Search
Find a family doctor or naturopath in Canada

Health Canada
A one-stop shopping guide for all Canadian health matters.

Healthy Canadians
Insightful family-related health information.

Public Health Agency of Canada
This agency aims to promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation and action in public health.

 

Mental Health & Social Support

CF Member Assistance Program (CFMAP)
A voluntary and confidential service to help CF personnel and family members who have personal concerns that affect their personal well-being and/or work performance.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, CMHA promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

Marriage and Family
Website of the Canadian Registry of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS)
Information and support for military personnel and veterans who have served, and their friends and families.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Family
A Veterans Affairs Canada mental health resource for parents with young children.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Association 
This website was created for those experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and for their support system of family, friends and fellow workers.

General Reference

Glossary of Terms

CF Ranks and Insignia  Army Navy Air Force

CF 101 for Civilians

 February 10 is International Safer Internet Day

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection reminds parents, educators and everyone else with children in their lives why it's important to educate themselves on how to keep kids safe online. The days where children spend the majority of their free time outdoors are behind us. Today's reality is that kids are spending a great deal of their time online.

Be Web Aware
Be Web Aware is a national, bilingual public education program on Internet safety. The initiative was developed and supported by Media Awareness Network (MNet), Bell and Microsoft Canada.

Internet Safety Resources
Internet Safety for Youth, Child Exploitation, Online Scams and Fraud, Social Networking, Cyberbullying, Internet Security

February
NMFC members 

Caroline Couture, NMFC Chair, speaks with Gen Lawson, March 2013

Source: DGMWS

 

 
nmfc@cfpsa.com