Improving Delivery for Ontario’s Military Heroes and Their Families

Published on November 07, 2018

Ontario’s Government for the People begins consultations for telephone hotline for military families

NEWS 

Vaughan— Ontario’s Government for the People will soon make it easier for Canadian military heroes and their families to get information and services they need.

Today, Premier Doug Ford, accompanied by Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced the launch of consultations with military families to establish a one-stop-shop hotline that will make it easier to get information about schooling, job opportunities, child care, licensing for drivers and vehicles, and other programs and services.

“Military families are transferred across Canada three times more often than the average Canadian throughout their career,” said Ford. “These moves cause stress and anxiety, and our government wants to do all we can to make life a little bit easier for military family members.”

The consultation process will occur in military communities, an online portal is available, and other provinces and federal jurisdictions will be included to form a complete picture of the challenges military families face. Results will inform the telephone hotline Ontario will establish to provide military families new to Ontario with the key resources they need on arrival.

“Our government wants to make life a bit easier for these military family members who sacrifice every day to help keep us safe,” said Michael Tibollo, MPP Vaughan- Woodbridge. “These consultations that are launching today will connect us directly with the families of those who serve in our armed forces. We want to better understand programs and services they are looking for, and identify the problems they face when moving to Ontario.”

Details on the in-person consultation session will be available at a later date. In the meantime, families can visit Ontario.ca/MilitaryFamilies.