Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 18, 2011 09:15 ET

Government of Canada Announces Five New Support Centres for Military Personnel and Their Families

TRENTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced the establishment of five new Integrated Personnel Support Centres (IPSCs) dedicated to the care of ill and injured Canadian Forces (CF) personnel, and the wider Canadian Forces family.

"Since our Government announced its creation, the Joint Personnel Support Unit has become an essential tool for ill and injured CF personnel and their families on their way to recovery," said Minister MacKay. "This announcement, combined with our recently announced 'Legacy of Care' programme is helping to deliver a real and tangible difference to the quality of life of our men and women in uniform."

These new support centres will be added to the 19 IPSCs already operating under the national Joint Personnel Support Unit, which was launched in March 2009 by Minister MacKay.

The new IPSCs will be located as follows:

  • Comox, B.C.;
  • Cold Lake, Alta.;
  • Borden, Ont.;
  • Trenton, Ont.; and
  • Bagotville, Qué.

A satellite unit will also be established in Moose Jaw, Sask. The IPSCs provide a range of specific services, including community outreach; working with families of the injured or fallen; services to help ill or injured members return to work; financial planning services; adapted fitness services for those with special needs; liaison with Military Family Resource Centres' local base support representatives and local unit Commanding Officers; and Veteran's Affairs Canada client and transition services.

The Government of Canada continues to listen to the concerns of ill and injured Canadian Forces personnel, veterans, and their families. This announcement is a continuation of the Government's action to improve the care and support of our troops, veterans and the wider Canadian Forces family. 

A backgrounder with more information regarding the Integrated Personnel Support Centres can be found here:

Contact Information

  • National Defence Media Liaison Office