A snapshot of military and Veteran families in Canada

There are over


active military family members living in Canada.

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That includes


children under 18.

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Every year in Canada,


families move due to postings.

41% of military

personnel average


away on deployment.

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Multiple moves

44% of military spouses reported difficulty finding a family doctor after moving, compared to less than 16% of the general population

Changing Times

In the mid 1999s, 80% of military families in Canada lived on a base. By the mid-2010s, this had fallen to only 15%.

Multiple Deployments

In 2017, two-thirds of military personnel experienced extended periods of time spent away from their family.


In 2018, more than four in 10 CAF members (43%) reported having some financial problems, with 10% citing this as the most significant problem they faced in the past year

Cost of Living

52% of CAF spouses reported that their financial situation had become worse, with a change in the cost of living cited as the main reason

*Source: The Vanier Institute of the Family “A Snapshot of Military and Veteran Families in Canada” Statistical Snapshots, 2018.

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