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Building communities

Research, reference tools and resources to help us stay connected. Working together, we can help influence research, develop ideas and solutions to challenges and promote collaboration among Veterans and stakeholder groups.

Research

Less is known about the well-being of LGBTQ2 Veterans in Canada, but researchers have begun to work with LGBTQ2 Veterans to better understand their needs and experiences.

Veterans Affairs Canada

Life After Service Survey 2016
Designed to help us further understand the experiences of Veterans as they transition to life after service.

Female and male Veterans in Canada
Many Veterans share common experiences and similar needs, however women Veterans differ in some indicators of health, purpose, finances and other domains of well-being.

Veterans Suicide Mortality Study
The 2019 study help us understand the reality of suicide within the Veteran community and develop prevention activities.

Veteran well-being
A document on well-being designed for Veterans and their families.

Veterans in Canada released since 1998: A Sex-disaggregated profile
Separate profiles of the male and female Veteran populations captured in the Life After Service Studies.

Other government departments

Sexual orientation and complete mental health
Provides insight into the negative effect of prejudice and discrimination on the mental health of sexual minority Canadians.

Women in Canada: a gender-based statistical report
A key source of data by gender on subjects, such as financial security, violence, access to education and career opportunities.

Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada regularly publishes research on women in Canada, which allows for comparisons between military and civilian populations.

Veterans’ health research

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)
As the Canadian hub for military, Veteran and family health research, CIMVHR allows more VAC research requirements to be met.

Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (JMVFH)
The JMVFH is the official scholarly journal of the CIMVHR. It is published twice a year.

Centre of Excellence on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related mental health conditions
The Centre has been established to provide better access to information, research, tools and expertise on PTSD and related mental health conditions.


What others are doing

Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative
Based in Seabright, NS, the initiative offers stress reduction training to Veterans and their families suffering from toxic stress injuries, occupational stress injuries, and PTSD-related symptoms.

Women Warriors’ Healing Garden
The Ottawa-based group will establish a permanent therapy program for women and LGBTQ2 Veterans, recruit and train one peer support worker on an annual basis and expand its model to other communities across Canada.

A New Dynamic Enterprise Inc.
A New Dynamic Enterprise, Inc. (ANDE), based in Edmonton, offers Transitions Lifeshops seminars across Canada. These seminars help women Veterans and wives or partners of Veterans to map out a successful transition to post-service life while creating a women’s support network aimed at personal and professional growth.

Rainbow Veterans (RVC)
A Veterans group that provides support for those who suffered discrimination in the Canadian Armed Forces because of their sexual orientation. You can contact the RVC at rainbowvetscanada@outlook.com.

It’s just 700
Provides confidential peer support for current and past service members of the Canadian military who survived a work related sexual trauma.

True Patriot Love podcast series “For Her Country”
This podcast series explores lessons in leadership from inspirational female leaders in Canada’s military. It is in honour of fallen military hero Captain Nichola Goddard, an inspiring young artillery officer who became the first female Canadian soldier to die in combat.

True Patriot Love Virtual Fireside Chat
Peter Mansbridge moderates a discussion with an esteemed group of Veterans gathered to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, including former Chief of the Defence Staff General (Retired) Rick Hillier, decorated WWII Veteran Captain (Retired) Martin Maxwell and former Invictus Games athlete Corporal (Retired) Kelly Scanlan.

Servicewomen’s Salute Canada
Join us in our mission to Know, Honour and Strengthen the continuing contribution of servicewomen to Canada.

Women Veterans Research Network (WREN)
WREN's mission is to ensure equitable lifetime outcomes for women and men veterans in all the seven domains of well-being as defined by the Government of Canada. Members of WREN support and promote the government's use of sex- and gender-informed, evidence-based policies and practices in defence and security.

Quebec Veterans Foundation and the BFLF Women Veterans Program
The Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation and the Quebec Veterans Foundation have joined forces to empower women veterans to live in dignity. BFLF Women Veterans Program encourages the development and offering of wellness activities specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Quebec women veterans, as they experience the challenges of the transition from military to life after service.

LifeSpeak
LifeSpeak is a total well-being platform that helps organizations keep employees present, productive and thriving. There is a series of videos and blogs that deal with gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Access this content by clicking on “Group Account sign-in” and use the password “canada”.


Funding

Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund
Provides grants and contributions to private, public or academic organizations to conduct research and implement initiatives and projects that support the well-being of Veterans and their families. Some organizations are creating new and innovative ways to improve the well-being of women and LGBTQ2 Veterans. Learn more about past and current recipients of the fund.

Women’s Program
The objective of the Women's Program is to achieve the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. Funding is provided to eligible organizations in support of projects at the local, regional and national levels that address ending violence against women and girls, improving women's and girls' economic security and prosperity, or encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles.

Gender-based Violence Program
The Gender-Based Violence program takes action to support survivors and their families.

LGBTQ2 Capacity Fund
Invests in projects that increase the capacity of eligible LGBTQ2 organizations whose initiatives advance equality for all people.


Legal resources

LGBT purge class action
The campaign to identify and purge LGBT Federal Public Servants on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in the federal public service and military began in the 1950s and continued for decades. The class action seeks justice for those who were harmed during this period.

CAF/DND Sexual Misconduct Class Action
If you experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination based on your sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces or while employed for the Department of National Defence or for the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, you may be eligible for a compensation from this class action settlement.


Related information

Office of Women and LGBTQ2 Veterans

Working with Veterans and stakeholders to identify and address systemic issues or barriers specific to women and LGBTQ2 Veterans.

Your stories, your voice

Listen and read about Veterans like you, sharing their military and post-service experiences.

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