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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians observe a moment of silence in order to commemorate the 2.3 million Canadians who have served our country since WW1 and the 118,000 men and women who have died doing so.
As today is Remembrance Day, the Canadian Chamber staff wanted to take a moment to salute the inspiring contribution of the women and men of our Armed Forces, and to thank them for their service.
Of course, their first level of service is to protect us from threats ranging from enemy forces to acts of nature. We can’t thank them enough for the risks they take and the sacrifices they make in the line of duty.
The Canadian Chamber would however like to recognize that the contribution of the people in our Armed Forces goes much further. In 2016-2017, nearly 68,000 people will be employed in the regular forces, 24,000 in the civilian forces and 40,000 in the reserve forces. These are people that live, work and participate in communities of all sizes across the country and abroad.
In addition, veterans choosing to pursue a career outside of the armed forces have acquired invaluable skills that make them qualified for countless jobs. In fact, many organizations were put in place to give veterans opportunities in the civilian workforce.
The Military Employment Transition (MET) Program developed in 2012 jointly by the Department of National Defense and Veteran Affairs Canada has helped hire 1810 veterans within 245 different organizations. In addition, “From Helmets to Hard Hats”, a not-for-profit organization helps soldiers re-integrate themselves in society by providing them with the opportunity to find and pursue careers in the construction sector.
Furthermore, many Chamber member companies, like VIA Rail and GE Canada, play a role in post-military employment, participating in countless veteran hiring initiatives. Through these programs, our veterans continue to serve Canada and their communities by putting their skills to work.
We salute the men and women who have not only fought for our freedom but continue to serve our country at home and abroad on a daily basis.