Canada to build new military support centres

Services will range from medical support to career counselling

The Canadian government will build a series of support centres at military bases across the country, Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced at CFB Trenton on Friday. Five new centres where military personnel and their families can receive a range of services from medical support to employment counselling will be opened in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. Currently, nineteen such centres operate across the country. The government will spend $6.9-million in infrastructure costs over three years and $4-million in annual operating costs, with the aim that the centres will be open in two years. “By consolidating and coordinating these many services, we have taken a giant step forward in improving the care that our Canadian Forces receive and deserve,” said MacKay. MacKay also acknowledged the trauma suffered by personnel at CFB Trenton following the crimes committed by former colonel Russell Williams.

CBC News

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