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Joint Transition Project: Closing the Seam

There is a well-documented need to ensure that the transition process for medically-releasing Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members is as seamless as possible. To that end, in June 2014, we, as National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman and Veterans Ombudsman, partnered on a joint project, leveraging both of our mandates to review the entire transition process, from the time the member is injured to after being release from the CAF...

Opening Remarks: Senate Committee – National Security and Defence

Thank you Mr. Chair and Good Morning to All,

As most of you know, my mandate as Canadian Armed Forces and National Defence Ombudsman is to investigate complaints and serve as a neutral third party on matters related to the Department and the Canadian Armed Forces. My mandate is to act independently of the chain of command, both military and civilian, reporting directly to the Minister of National Defence...

Message from the Ombudsman: Determining Service Attribution for medically releasing members

As you would expect, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) maintains a high level of health and fitness requirements for individuals who serve in the nation’s military. With this in mind, some 1,500 members are medically released from the CAF each year. Approximately 600 of those members have illnesses or injuries directly related to their military service...

Statement from the Ombudsman on the VCDS update on recommendations regarding the Valcartier Grenade Incident in 1974

On 28 July 2015 I released a report into the treatment of Army Cadets affected by a deadly grenade explosion which occurred at a Cadet Summer Camp on Canadian Armed Forces Base Valcartier, Quebec in July 1974. The report focused on the treatment of those cadets affected by the deadly explosion which killed six and injured dozens. I made two recommendations...

Ombudsman Releases a Third Report on Canada’s Primary Reserve Force

Message from the Ombudsman
June 14, 2016

Part-Time Soldiers with Full-Time Injuries:
A Systemic Review of Canada's Primary Reserve Force and Operational Stress Injuries

Since 2002, this Office has been tracking and reporting on the issues of operational stress injuries and the adequacy of the health care provided to members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Because different rules apply, we have also focussed our attention on the same issues as they relate to Canada’s Reserve Force. Today, we are releasing the last of a series of three reports.

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Message from the Ombudsman May 27, 2016: New Online American Sign Language (ASL) video functionality created to better serve our constituents

I am pleased to inform all members of Canada's Defence community and other visitors to our website that we have created a new online section dedicated solely to our messages available in ASL videos.

American Sign Language (ASL) is the predominant sign language for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing in the United States and Canada.

These videos are also available in French, Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), and are another action to continuously enhance the service we offer our constituents within the Defence community.

You can watch our ASL videos by visiting our video gallery.

Ombudsman Announces New Advisory Council Member

I am pleased to announce the addition to my advisory council of Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Bélisle, MB, MSM, CD, Canadian Army Command Chaplain. This Advisory Council consists of eight volunteers with specialized expertise in the Canadian Forces and Department of National Defence. Their input directly impacts this office with strategic advice related to the mandate, professional principles and organizational structure.

Progress Update on Ombudsman’s Boards of Inquiry: Families in Focus Report

My office has been tracking and reporting on issues related to the Canadian Armed Forces’  engagement of families during a Board of Inquiry process for the past 10 years. Our Boards of Inquiry: Families in Focus Report was published in April 2015.  Although the Department has made clear incremental progress over the past five years, the Board of Inquiry process remains military-centric and difficult to understand...

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