Tap into a skilled labour pool

Thousands of transitioning military members and Veterans are equipped and ready to enter the civilian workforce. These highly skilled workers have received specialized training in various fields, and can bring great value to your organization.

Gain insight on how you can contribute to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and find information that can assist you in hiring and retaining military members.

700,000 Veterans 100,000 military members

Nearly 60% of veterans are of working age (aged 17 to 64).
Military members demonstrate high levels of self-efficiency and drive.
Military members adapt well to fast-paced learning and complex work environments.
About 4,000 to 5,000 Canadian Armed Force members leave the military every year.

You can help. It’s easy.

Hire a Veteran

Transitioning military members and Veterans bring a wide range of skill sets to the table. They would be a great asset to any workforce. Use Job Bank to post jobs and market them to Veteran job seekers.

Engage with Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces want to help you recruit military talent in the most effective way for your organization. Make job opportunities available to Veterans by engaging with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces. Follow these steps:

1Contact VAC by email.
2Complete the quick and easy information sheet that they will provide.
3Learn about how to best recruit and hire Veterans.
4Connect with military members who are interested in new career opportunities.

Did you know?

Each member of the Canadian Armed Forces is trained to perform First Aid and CPR.
Military members are able to demonstrate core competencies such as critical thinking, self-management and leadership.
Reservists aren’t automatically called to service making them very dependable

Translate your job title

The Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans sometimes use different terms for job titles. Find the right words to market your job directly to Veterans and other military members by using the Civilian to Military Translator.


Key terms you should know

Employer awareness and understanding is a key factor in successful workplace integration. Learn common terminology used in the military community to connect better with military members.

Former member of the Forces who successfully completed basic training and was honourably discharged.
Transitioning military members
Military personnel who are in the process of leaving the military and entering civilian life.
Part-time members of the Forces who train a couple of times during the week (usually evenings) and/or weekends at locations close to home.
Regular Force members
Members of the Forces who serve full time and are ready to respond immediately to threats, disasters or crises in Canada and abroad.
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have received a commission and who hold a position of authority and responsibility for their subordinates. Officers typically manage personnel, equipment, and budgets throughout the duration of their career whether on a mission or during day to day operations.
Non-commissioned members
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces that have not received a commission and who are generally assigned with the actual execution of tasks. They are highly trained in a specific trade and can also be skilled at administration, communications and logistics.
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