Program Details

Transitions to Communities is a seven-week employment skills development program created to support veterans who are experiencing obstacles reintegrating into civilian life after serving in the Canadian Armed Forces or RCMP.

Program Outline

The Transitions to Communities program runs six times per year in each city (Calgary, Montréal and Toronto).

Each week of the program focuses on a specific aspect of personal, social and professional development with leadership and instruction by a subject matter expert.

Veterans will learn in a classroom-like setting limited to 10 participants to ensure one-on-one support and guidance throughout the sessions.

Week 1
Personal Development

Week 2
Computer Skills Development

Week 3
Mental Health & Wellbeing

Week 4
Peer & Community Supports

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Week 5
Social Development

Week 6
Professional Development

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Week 7
Success to Obtain Employment

Week seven is fully focused on supporting the participant’s employment search activities. The graduate will have support after program completion in order to obtain employment.

Program Eligibility

Veterans may participate in Transitions to Communities by meeting the following criteria:

  • Self-identify as having a permanent physical or mental impairment that restricts his or her ability to perform daily activities;
  • Be a person with a disability who is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial and federal legislation and regulations;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Require assistance to prepare for, obtain and keep employment or self-employment; and
  • Be 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.

Additional Program Features

Program Certificate

Graduates of the Transition to Communities program will receive a certificate of completion. The certificate will be provided by MDSC and will be accompanied by a letter stating the graduate has successfully completed studies in the course. This certificate is recognized and respected by employers.

Ongoing Peer Support Network

Peer Support Training is provided within the program by the MDSC National Peer Support Team. Following completion of the Transitions to Communities program, participants and graduates will continue to hold Peer Support Meetings at the project sites to share their experiences, successes, challenges, knowledge and lessons learned. Graduates who have completed and are at work can share their work experiences with current participants and bring employment opportunities and advice to the group.

This allows veterans to develop a support network consisting of past participants who give back to the program and help their colleagues, and new participants who hear first hand about positive changes in the lives of graduates.

How to Participate

Program sites in Calgary, Toronto and Montréal are currently receiving veterans.

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

Choose the city closest to you to begin the registration process.

Header photo: © All rights reserved. (National Day of Honour by Sgt Jean-Francois Lauzé, Garrison Imaging Petawawa) reproduced with the permission of DND/CAF (2016)
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