Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 02, 2013 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Takes Action to Strengthen the Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Programs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 2, 2013) - Mr. James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Selkirk - Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, today announced a five-year renewal initiative to strengthen the Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) Programs, reaffirming the Government's commitment to these long running, world-class leadership development programs for young Canadians.

"This Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers renewal plan emphasizes the Government of Canada's continued commitment to these programs, said Mr. Bezan. "The focus will be on enhancing program delivery and reaching more youth in more communities across Canada."

"The Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Programs offer young Canadians a chance to experience a range of Canadian Armed Forces activities and aim to foster good citizenship in participants," said Minister Nicholson. "The programs are closely linked with community support and engagement. Over the next five years, National Defence will work to build on these community partnerships to involve more young Canadians."

The five-year Cadet and JCR renewal plan will increase participation in the Cadet program to 70,000 Cadets and the JCR program to 153 patrols, from current levels of 52,890 Cadets and 135 JCR patrols. Through internal savings and reinvestment, resources at the community level will be increased to support growth of both programs, while at the same time reducing program overhead, administration and bureaucracy.

The Department of National Defence will work with its partners to renew and strengthen the governance, expand and enhance partnerships and the use of volunteers, and improve the engagement of youth and parents in governance of the programs.

"I am extremely proud of our Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Programs and their proven results," said General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff. "The work we are doing to renew the programs will ensure their sustainability and their continued delivery of highly challenging and educational programs to young Canadians for many years to come."

The Cadet Program is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of challenging and rewarding youth-oriented activities while learning about the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. Cadets learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership, citizenship and personal fitness. They are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities.

The JCR Program offers young people in remote and isolated communities across Canada a unique opportunity to participate in a dynamic mix of challenging and rewarding youth-oriented activities that include learning important life skills, traditional skills and outdoor skills to promote traditional cultures and lifestyles.

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For more information, please consult the Cadets and the Junior Canadian Rangers websites as well as the following Backgrounder on the Renewal of the Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Programs.

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