Are there differences between the MFRCs in Canada and those out of country?
- MFRCs in Canada are incorporated non-for-profit entities. The centres in Europe are not able to be incorporated and therefore fall under chain of command.
- The centres in Canada function with volunteer governing boards, while the centres in Europe function with volunteer Advisory Committees.
- Centres in Europe are not able to fundraise to the same degree as in Canada, and therefore are limited in offering programs and services outside of the MFSP program.
If programs are mandated, doesn’t that mean that every MFRC should be providing those services?
- Mandated programs are those services approved by DND/CF to respond to essential needs of CF families as a result of their unique lifestyle. A demonstrated need is required for a centre to deliver mandated programs and services
How does a centre decide what programs and services to offer?
- The first thing that is required is information regarding community needs. This information is collected through formal needs assessment surveys, focus group sessions, service evaluations, general feedback and other methods. This information is reviewed with the MFSP Parameters for Practice.
- This leads to another question. What is the MFSP Parameters for Practice? It is a guidance document that ensures a coordinated and consistent national program, and that provides a framework for families and communities to have real influence on local priorities and local services. It provides staff members a clear direction with respect to the goals and objectives of the MFSP program.
Click here if you would like to download a copy of the Parameters for Practice in .pdf format
Do Military Family Services Europe provide childcare programs?
- MFSE Centres do, however, provide families with links to local childcare programs. It is important to note that childcare resources are extremely limited in Europe.
What types of language training options exist in Europe?
- There are many opportunities for language training in Europe, local schools, online learning options, special classes, etc. The MFSE Centre is able to link families to those opportunities.
- For children, Canadian Forces Europe has a Dependant Education Program that exists to assist families with the educational needs of their child(ren).
- The MFSE program offers the opportunity for spouses to participate in basic language training related to the country where they are posted at a subsidized rate. This is intended to encourage spouses to be capable of basic interaction with local citizens of their community. Get in touch with your MFSE Centre to learn more.
Are there employment opportunities in Europe?
- There are employment opportunities in Europe. This site will provide you with a list of currently open competitions. It is important to note that for spouses to be eligible to apply for a CF civilian or Non Public Fund position, they must be on the ground and have obtained their legal status stamp (eg. SOFA). If you would like to learn more about the human resource recruiting process, click here.
Is it true that I cannot collect EI in Europe, even though there are jobs available?
- Unfortunately, it’s true. Having said that, there is a strong movement to have the laws changed so that this injustice is corrected.
Is it true that the military member can be deployed from a European location?
- It is true a military member can be deployed from a European location. While the centres in Europe are not equipped to handle large deployments, they are able to provide deployment support services that are more personalized and meet the unique needs of the community.
What schooling options exist for children and youth?
How do families access medical or dental services overseas?
- Medical services can be accessed through the local community, as well as through available CF medical units. If you would like more information about medical services in Europe, follow these links: