Ottawa, ON- Dave MacKenzie, on behalf of 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 related skills.
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. #hireaveteran
- 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 industries.”
Tim Page, President, Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)