Family Resources and Programs

This webpage contains a list of various resources available for Military and RCMP Families in Canada. The resources are broken down by category, as listed below.

Public Service Health Care Plan

Public Service Health Care PlanThe Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) provides insurance coverage to current members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and their eligible dependents. Retired or past members of the CAF or the RCMP can obtain coverage for themselves as either a pensioner or if employed in Federal civil service. The plan provides limited coverage for psychologist or social worker services where applicable. To learn more, visit the PSHCP website.

Type of resource: Insurance
Location: Canada
Language: English, French
Cost: Varies

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

RCMP Members In Receipt of VAC Pension Award

Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceCivilian members and retired RCMP members who have received the Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC) disability pension award may be eligible for additional benefits and services for them and their Families. In addition, all RCMP members who are released can receive a transition interview where they can find out more about benefits available through VAC and service referrals. To learn more, visit the RCMP website.

Type of resource: Information
Location: Phone
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

RCMP’s Health Care Entitlements and Benefits Program

Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceThe RCMP’s Health Care Entitlements and Benefits Program provides coverage to RCMP members to access medical and psychological care. The Supplemental Health Care benefits extend coverage to his or her dependents for couple and family-specific treatments when diagnosed with an operational stress injury, as well as to specific services without referral or authorization. To learn more about the Program, visit the RCMP website.

Type of resource: Insurance
Location: Canada
Language: English, French
Cost: Unknown

Target Audience(s)

  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

The Guide to Benefits, Programs, and Services for Serving and Former CAF Members and their Families

The Guide to Benefits, Programs and Services for Members and Their Families

The Guide provides an overview of the various benefits, programs and services that are available to current and retired Regular and Reserve Force members and their Families, should the member become disabled, ill, injured or deceased while serving in the CAF. To learn more, or to access the Guide, visit the Government of Canada website.

Type of resource: Information
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members

Veterans Benefits Guide by the Legion Magazine.

Veterans Benefits Guide

The Veterans Benefits Guide is an online publication, offered by the Legion Magazine. It is aimed at Veterans and current military members and their Families, offering up-to-date information about the various benefits to which you may be entitled and how to go about applying for them. To learn more, visit the Legion Magazine website.

Type of resource: Information
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members

Bereavement Services

There is bereavement support available for Families following the death of a Veteran, CAF member or RCMP member. Dial 1-800-268-7708 or TTD/TTY 1-800-567-5803.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Phone
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF Members
  • Former CAF Members
  • Active RCMP
  • Former RCMP

Hope Program (Helping Others By Providing Empathy)

Helping Others by Providing Empathy (HOPE) is a peer-support program delivered by trained volunteers, who can provide support and serve as a positive example in recovery and grief for those who have experienced loss. To learn more, visit the CAF Community website or dial 1-800-883-6094.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Various
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF Members
  • Former CAF Members

Camp Maple Leaf

Camp Maple LeafCamp Maple Leaf offers a dedicated one-week camp session for children of Military Members or First Responders affected by an operational stress injury because of their service. The session is hosted in collaboration with the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centres Mental Health Services Team. There are other sessions available for children of Military Families more generally. To learn more, visit the Camp Maple Leaf website.

Type of resource: Activity
Location: Ontario
Language: English
Cost: $145 deposit at minimum. Funding options available.

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

CAMPSP – Virtual Day Camp

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) Personnel Support Services offers a free virtual camp for kids aged 5 to 14, with themed games, crafts and contests sent to you each week via email. Each activity contains instructions for kids to do on their own. To learn more, visit the CFMWS website.

Type of resource: Activity
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members

Crisis Texting Service for Kids of CAF Families

crisis-texting-service-for-kidsCanadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, in collaboration with the Kids Help Phone and True Patriot Love Foundation, has launched a crisis texting service for Military Family children, youth and young adults living in Canada. The service can be accessed by texting CAFKIDS (English) or JEUNESFAC (French) to 686868. To learn more, visit the CAF Community website.

Type of resource: Crisis service
Location: Telephone
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members

Strongest Families

strongest-families-institute-logoThe Strongest Families Institute offers a variety of family-centered programs for children and youth between the ages of 3 to 17 who are experiencing behavioural or psychological issues. There are different programs available, which can help you and your child or youth better navigate and cope with their feelings, such as anxiety or anger stemming from the military lifestyle. To learn more, visit the Strongest Families Institute website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Online or phone
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

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The Guide to Working with Military Kids

The Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) has put together a free guide for those who work with children and youth, to help them learn more about Canadian military family life and how best to support military kids. To learn more or to access the guide, visit the CAF Community website.

Type of resource: Information
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • General Public

The Mind’s the Matter

The Mind’s the MatterThe Mind’s the Matter is a series of interactive videos created by Military Family Services and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, to help understand operational stress injuries and their impact on family life. The videos are available online. To learn more and to access the videos, visit the CAF Community website.

Type of resource: Video
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

We Have Superpowers by Dr Kari Pries

We Have Superpowers is a book written by Dr. Kari Pries, a military spouse, which talks about how children can play an important part in the support and recovery of a loved one who has a physical or mental injury. The book is freely available for children through Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) in a print version, or for all through an online video read by the author. Click to access the English and French versions of the online videos.

Type of resource: Book
Location: Online, MFRCs
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP
  • Former RCMP

Caregivers’ Brigade

Caregivers’ BrigadeThe Caregivers’ Brigade is a group of spouses of injured and ill CAF Veterans who have come together to develop a comprehensive list of resources available to fellow Families, to help with recovery, transition and reintegration. They consult with existing departments of the RCMP and CAF organizations to assist Families of ill and injured Serving Military members and Veterans. To learn more about the Caregivers’ Brigade, visit their website.

Type of resource: Directory
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Current and Former CAF members
  • Current and Former RCMP members

Canadian Forces Members Assistance Program (CFMAP)

The Canadian Forces Members Assistance Program (CFMAP) is a confidential, 24/7 short-term counselling service available to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular Force, Reserve and Cadets) and their Families. Their trained counsellors can provide support for various issues related to wellbeing and work performance. Dial 1-800-268-7708. To learn more, visit the Government of Canada website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Phone
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members

Employee Assistance Services (EAS)

Employee Assistance Services (EAS) is a confidential, 24/7 short-term counselling service available to current RCMP members and their Families (spouses and unmarried children). Dial 1-800-268-7708. To learn more, visit the RCMP website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Phone, in-person or via email
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active RCMP members

Family Information Line

Family Information LineThe Family Information Line is a 24/7 service available to Families of CAF members, offering information, short term counselling services, referral and crisis support through a trained counsellor. Dial 1-800-866-4546 (International 00-800-771-17722). To learn more, visit the CAF Community website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Phone or email
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members

Family Liaison Officers (FLOS)

Family Liaison Officers (FLOs) are trained social workers who provide support to Families of injured, fallen or transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members (Regular and Reserve Force), offered by the Military Family Resource Centre in collaboration with your local Canadian Armed Forces Transition Centre. Your FLO can help you navigate all stages of the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration process. To learn more, visit the CAF Community website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Local
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Former CAF Members

National Police Foundation Family Services

The National Police Foundation (NPF) Family Services offers services and supports to improve family wellness and wellbeing using a peer-approach. The service is available to NPF members and their Families. To learn more, visit the NPF website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: $10 to become member

Target Audience(s)

  • Active RCMP Members
  • Former RCMP Members

Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinics

Operational Stress Injury clinics are specialized clinics for CAF members or Veterans as well as current and former members of the RCMP affected by mental health issues related to service and their Families. There are various support options available, from assessment to treatment. To learn more, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: In-person or virtual
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

RCMP Family Programs

The RCMP have a dedicated contact for Families of current or former members, to help answer questions about benefits and/or available supports. To learn more, visit the RCMP website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active RCMP Members
  • Former RCMP Members

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Assistance Line

The VAC Assistance Line is a confidential 24/7 support service for Veterans, former RCMP members, their Families, or caregivers. There is support available for a variety of wellbeing needs, from physical and mental health to work-related issues, to family and marital challenges, to bereavement. Dial 1-800-268-7708, TDD/TTY: 1-800-567-5803. To learn more, visit the VAC website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Phone
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Former CAF members
  • Former RCMP members

Couple Hopes

Couple HOPESCouple HOPES is an eight-week interactive online program for couples living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The program involves a mixture of educational videos and activities, communication skills training and dedicated coaching to guide learning related to PTSD and relationship functioning. To learn more, visit the Couple HOPES website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday (COPE)

Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday (COPE)Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday (COPE) is an internationally recognized group-based couples program offered by Wounded Warriors Canada. The program is available to active and former members of the CAF, RCMP and their partners who are living with operational stress injuries. The program takes place over six months in two distinct phases, involving group-based learning and discussion, coaching and peer-support. To learn more, visit the Wounded Warriors website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: British Columbia
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

Caregiver Zone

Caregiver ZoneThe Caregiver Zone is an online platform aimed at people supporting ill or injured Military Veterans and former RCMP members, created by Veterans Affairs Canada. The platform contains a variety of different tools and resources, such as a Reference Library filled with educational materials, personalized guidance and advice from a health care professional, and a list of available services and supports. To learn more, visit the Caregiver Zone website.

Type of resource: Information
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active/Former CAF Members
  • Active/Former RCMP Members

LifeSpeak

LifeSpeakLifeSpeak is an anonymous online health and wellness hub that includes a variety of different resources such as videos and podcasts, to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing. For active CAF members and their Families, visit the Government of Canada website https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/maple-leaf/defence/2020/03/lifespeak-your-virtual-library-for-total-well-being.html. For former CAF members, former RCMP members and their Families, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/health-support/mental-health-and-wellness/understanding-mental-health/lifespeak. For active RCMP members, visit the RCMP website.

Type of resource: Information
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

Operational Stress Injury Resource for Caregivers

The Operational Stress Injury Resource for Caregivers is an online resource aimed at caregivers who are supporting a loved one with an operational stress injury, created by Veterans Affairs Canada, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) – Military Family Services. It provides information about operational stress injuries, their effects on caregivers as well as how to cope. To learn more, or to access the resource, visit the CFWMS webpage.

Type of resource: Information
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active/Former CAF Members
  • Active/Former RCMP

OSI Connect

OSI Connect is an interactive mobile app designed to help Canadian Veterans and former RCMP members affected by an operational stress injury and their families. The app contains various resources, such as videos and assessments, to help users better understand and manage their condition(s) and related challenges, such as post-traumatic stress, triggers, depression and sleep problems to name a few. To learn more, visit The Royal Ottawa’s website.

Type of resource: Mobile app
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active/Former CAF members
  • Active/Former RCMP members

Mental Health Caregiver GuideMental Health Caregiver Guide

The Mental Health Caregiver Guide is an informational resource for caregivers of individuals living with mental illness or experiencing mental health challenges across various ages (child, youth, adult, older adult). To learn more, or to access the guide, visit the CAF Community website.

Type of resource: Information
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active/Former CAF Members
  • Active/Former RCMP Members

Mental Health First Aid for Veteran Community

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an interactive workshop that can help you learn to recognize and understand signs of a mental health issue or crisis, and how best to respond. There is a version tailored to the Veteran community and those who support them, offered in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. To learn more, visit the MHFA website.

Type of resource: Workshop
Location: Virtual/In-Person
Language: English, French (dependent on location)
Cost: Free to those in Veteran community

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF Members
  • Former CAF Members
  • Active RCMP
  • Former RCMP

PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach Canada is a mobile app for those affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, developed by Veteran Affairs Canada in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Mental Health Association. The app offers a variety of tools and information to help users learn about and manage trauma-related symptoms. It is also available online for those who do not have a mobile device such as smartphone or tablet. To learn more, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website.

Type of resource: Mobile app
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

Can Praxis

Can PraxisCan Praxis is an equine-assisted therapy program aimed at supporting Veterans and First Responders (active and retired) and their families affected by operational stress injuries. The program consists of three phases, lasting three-days each. To learn more, visit the Can Praxis website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Alberta
Language: English
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

Couples Resiliency Program (CRP)

Wounded Warriors CanadaThe Couples Resiliency Program (CRP) is a four-day group-based equine therapy program offered by Wounded Warriors Canada. The program offers support to couples living with post-traumatic and operational stress injuries, with the aim of improving their relationship with their partner. To learn more, visit the Wounded Warriors website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Alberta, Nova Scotia and Ontario
Language: English
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members
  • Active RCMP members
  • Former RCMP members

Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS)

Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS)Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) is a Canada-wide peer-support network program, involving mentorship and shared knowledge. The program is aimed at Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their Families affected by an operational stress injury.  To learn more, visit the OSISS website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Various
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members

Support for Operational Stress Injury Program (SOSI)

Support for Operational Stress Injury Program (SOSI) is a peer-support network for active and former members of the RCMP, to help improve mental wellbeing and wellness. To learn more, visit the RCMP website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: Various
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF members
  • Former CAF members

Community Reinforcement and Family Training – Substance Use Disorder (CRAFT-SUD)

Community Reinforcement and Family Training – Substance Use Disorder (CRAFT-SUD) is an interactive, online course aimed at Family members of Veterans who are working to manage a SUD. The course involves the completion of eight self-paced modules, which aim to help Family members learn how to encourage their loved one to seek help and then support them during treatment. Please note that this resource is US-based; however, it is available to Canadians. To learn more or to access the course, visit the US Department of Veteran Affairs website.

Type of resource: Course
Location: Online
Language: English
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Former CAF Members
  • Former RCMP members

Veteran Family Journal

The Veteran Family Journal is an informational resource and tool for CAF members and Veterans who are in the process of, or have been, medically released and their Families. The Journal contains various forms, checklists and guides, designed to help you and your Family navigate your transition experience. To learn more, or to download a copy for you and your Family, visit the CAF Community website.

Type of resource: Information, Tool
Location: Online
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF Members
  • Former CAF Members

Veteran Family JournalVeteran Family Program

The Veteran Family Program is a suite of information, programs and services available to medically releasing Canadian Armed Forces members, medically released Veterans, and their Families, to help you better navigate the transition experience and any associated challenges. The Program is funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. To learn more, visit the CAF Community website.

Type of resource: Service
Location: National
Language: English, French
Cost: Free

Target Audience(s)

  • Active CAF Members
  • Former CAF Members