Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 08, 2010 10:00 ET

New Integrated Personnel Support Centre Opens in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced the official opening of the Ottawa Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) dedicated to the care of ill and injured Canadian Forces (CF) personnel, former personnel, their families and the families of the deceased.

"This Government is committed to the health and well-being of Canada's soldiers, sailors, airmen, and airwomen," said Minister MacKay. "The Ottawa facility provides a range of services to help individuals. Whether they're returning to military life or exploring a new civilian career, these members and their families will receive the assistance they need."

Presiding over the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening were Colonel Gerry Blais, Director of the Canadian Forces' Casualty Support Management, and Captain (Navy) Lynn Bisson, Commandant of the Canadian Forces Support Unit Ottawa.

"This Centre will provide a one-stop shop in Ottawa for ill and injured Canadian Forces (CF) personnel, former personnel, their families and the families of the deceased and will help them to make well informed decisions about their futures," said Col Blais.

Located across Canada, the 19 IPSCs coordinate a range of casualty support and case management programs, plan and monitor the Return to Work Program, provide Veterans Affairs Canada client and transition services, and liaise with local service providers, base support representatives and unit Commanding Officers. They will improve existing services by aligning progress on a member's file with one defined set of priorities.The centres operate under a single national CF unit headquartered in Ottawa, known as the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU).

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  • National Defence Media Liaison Office
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations