OROMOCTO (GNB) – The provincial government is partnering with the Department of National Defence on a pilot project to help military families settle into new communities when they are posted to the province.

“We are pleased to be part of this project designed to help make the transition to being posted at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown smoother for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “The members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families sacrifice so much for all of us, the least we can do is help them all feel supported, appreciated and right at home here in New Brunswick.”

The Military Families and Veterans Pilot Project aims to improve access to important services such as doctors, schools and spousal employment. It is part of a federal initiative called Seamless Canada to improve the co-ordination of services across the country and ease the burden of moving for Forces members and their families.

The provincewide project, which is set to begin this fall, will help:

  • Preplan school attendance for students coming from other provinces.
  • Work with doctors accepting new patients to reserve openings for transferring families.
  • Provide easier access to online information about provincial services through a dedicated web page.

“Investing in the women and men of our Canadian Armed Forces is our top priority,” said National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “Relocations are a difficult experience for Forces members and their families, and we are committed to resolving transition issues and easing that burden. We thank New Brunswick for their commitment and look forward to working collaboratively to find solutions that will improve the lives of Canada's military families.”

The Seamless Canada initiative was launched to improve the relocation process for Canadian Forces members and their families. Representatives from all 13 provinces and territories participated in the first roundtable in Toronto on June 27 and are committed to advancing the initiative.