Minister of Veterans Affairs announces new partnership with Canadian
Association of Defence and Security Industries
OTTAWA, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today announced that the Canadian Association of
Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) has become the latest
organization to partner with Veterans Affairs Canada and participate in
its Hire a Veteran initiative. CADSI, a national business association,
will encourage its members across Canada to give priority to qualified
Veterans when hiring.
CADSI joins many other Canadian organizations and corporations in
supporting Veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce. The
members of CADSI—an organization that represents companies in Canada's
defence and security industries—will now have access to a pool of
potential employees who are Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces.
These Veterans have military training and expertise in the area of
security and defence, as well as a range of readily transferable
In October 2013, the Government of Canada announced new measures that
will give qualified Veterans priority when it comes to hiring Canadians
for federal public service jobs. In March 2014, the Government of
Canada announced further enhancements allowing serving and recently
retired members to access public service jobs.
Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces are working
together to maximize private sector opportunities for transitioning
military personnel and Veterans. Through Veterans Affairs Canada's Hire
a Veteran initiative, and the Canadian Armed Forces' and Canada
Company's Military Employment Transition Program, more than 200
private-sector employers have committed to hiring Veterans.
The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is a
not-for-profit national business association that represents more than
1,000 businesses in the Canadian defence and security industries. These
businesses employ more than 109,000 Canadians and generate
$12.6 billion in annual revenues. The association organizes CANSEC, a
defence trade show being held this year at the EY Centre in Ottawa, on
May 28 and 29.
Canada Company is a charitable, non-partisan organization that serves to
build the bridge between business and community leaders and the
Canadian military. Canada Company's Military Employment Transition
Program (MET), which was launched in June 2012, is a national
initiative that was established to help Canadian Armed Forces personnel
find jobs after they leave military service.
Veterans Affairs Canada is working with corporate Canada to enhance
employment opportunities for Veterans. Led by the True Patriot Love
Foundation, the Veterans Transition Advisory Council, comprised of
representatives from leading national companies, is identifying
systemic barriers that prevent Veterans from making a successful
transition from military to civilian employment.
"Canada's Veterans are known and admired around the world for their
skills, teamwork and leadership. The partnership with CADSI is truly a
win-win. It means that Veterans can find employment in an industry they
are knowledgeable about, while this same industry has access to a pool
of highly qualified candidates across Canada."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"I was pleased to attend the CANSEC trade show and I appreciate the
commitment made by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security
Industries to support Canada's Veterans embarking on new careers."
Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Member of Parliament for Brampton-Springdale
"CADSI is honoured to work with Veterans Affairs Canada and to encourage
our members to hire Canada's Veterans. Our organization is uniquely
positioned to ensure that the knowledge and transferable skills of
Veterans can be of maximum benefit to Canada's defence and security
Tim Page, President, Canadian Association of Defence and Security
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Director, Communications and Marketing
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)
613-235-5337, ext.: 43
Veterans Affairs Canada