Transitions to Communities

Transitions to Communities is a personal and professional skills development program for Canadian Armed Forces veterans and former RCMP members who are experiencing obstacles reintegrating into civilian life after serving.

The program provides employment and skills development, as well as mental health knowledge, self-awareness, and coping strategies.

The program has been developed by Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), in collaboration with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Learn more about our project partners and supporters.

Transitions to Communities aims to provide the direct supports needed to address veterans’ emotional and physical challenges, with a focus on employability skills, mental well-being and peer support.

Veterans and former RCMP members will develop specific skills and abilities to assist them in living satisfying, hopeful and meaningful lives.

Program Objectives

  • Build trusting relationships with veterans and former RCMP members who have been reluctant to engage in support services
  • Increase mental health awareness and coping skills of veterans and former RCMP members
  • Improve capacity for veterans and former RCMP members to maintain their well being
  • Reduce risks of self-harm
  • Develop community engagement opportunities for veterans
  • Reduce risks of homelessness
  • Eliminate barriers and assist persons with disabilities to obtain employment
  • Strengthen relationships between veteran participants and their communities
  • Re-connect veterans with support and services offered through Veterans Affairs Canada and other groups
  • Inform policy development through accurate project outcomes data
  • Develop and foster meaningful project partnerships and collaborations

These objectives directly relate to the objectives of the Opportunities Fund which is to assist unemployed persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment, as well as encouraging employers to hire persons with disabilities.

Over the next 3 years, the Transitions to Communities program will:


vulnerable veterans in Calgary, Montréal, and Toronto


veterans to enhance their employability skills


veterans to employment


veterans to return to school

Who Transitions to Communities is For

The program is intended for unemployed Canadian Armed Forces veterans and former RCMP members who have had challenges in reintegrating to civilian employment.

We understand that employment is a central part of well-being and community engagement. The project aims to reduce risks of homelessness and eliminate veterans and former RCMP members from feeling alone and having no meaningful support/social networks.

Canadians wish to address the fact that there are veterans/former RCMP members who are in crisis, experiencing mental health issues, have no access to employment supports, and/or facing barriers to reemployment.

The Transitions to Communities project has a goal to support successful skills development to assist unemployed veterans/former RCMP members who wish to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment, or return to school, as well as encouraging employers to hire persons with disabilities.

Veterans/former RCMP members can self refer or be referred to the program through community organizations, service providers, veterans’ organizations and support groups, mental health organizations, and/or health care providers.

Program Eligibility

In order to be able to enrol in the program, applicants must be a Canadian Armed Forces veteran or former RCMP member, and they must self declare as having a disability.

We realize when it comes to acknowledging a mental illness such as PTSD, some will not want to come forward and acknowledge it right away, due to stigma or other reasons.

Program site coordinators will verify that:

  • the individual is a person who self-identifies as having a permanent physical or mental impairment that restricts his or her ability to perform daily activities;
  • the individual is a person with a disability who is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial and federal legislation and regulations;
  • the individual is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • the individual requires assistance to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment; and
  • the individual is ineligible for assistance under EI Employment Benefits or any similar programs that are the subject of agreements with provinces, territories or organizations entered into pursuant to Section 63 of the EI Act (unless approved by a departmental official). Where it is determined that the individual is eligible for any assistance described in this paragraph, the Recipient must obtain Canada’s approval to accept or recruit the individual.

Header photo: © All rights reserved. (OP Renaissance by Corporal Darcy Lefebvre, Canadian Forces Combat Camera) reproduced with the permission of DND/CAF (2016)

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