Stakeholder Engagement Highlights North Bay, ON

On November 15, 2017, the Veterans Ombudsman held a stakeholder meeting in North Bay. Representatives from various groups and organizations that support Veterans and their families in the North Bay attended the event.

Highlights:

Family

  • Military families should receive training and be involved in the transition process.
  • The spouses of deploying members need more support (often, they give up their careers, etc.).

Complexity and Timeliness

  • The application process is too complex.
  • Veterans need faster decisions.
  • There are Veterans who aren’t aware that they are considered Veterans.

Accessibility and Remote areas

  • Veterans must travel for treatment.
  • Because of where they are located, Veterans have difficulty accessing some of VAC’s support programs.

Economic

  • Serving members deployed to cities where the cost of living is higher find it challenging.

Attendees:

  • The Mayor of North Bay
  • UN Nato
  • People for Equal Partnership in Mental Health (PEP)
  • Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS)
  • Personal Support Program (PSP)
  • Military Family Resource Center (MFRC)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23
  • CFB 22 Wing North Bay
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