Canadians Believe Ensuring Jobs For Veterans Is Our Obligation

The vast majority of Canadians believe we have an obligation to ensure veterans find meaningful employment after their military service. The exact number has hit an all-time high of 96 per cent, up from 94 per cent last year, and 90 per cent in 2008. The annual Nanos national Remembrance Day survey, released today by Commissionaires, captures Canadians’ overwhelming support for veterans as they make the challenging transition from military life to a civilian career.

“These results reinforce what we see anecdotally every day, that Canadians feel a deep commitment and gratitude towards our veterans, and want to see them succeed in their second and third careers,” commented Bill Sutherland, National Board Chair, Commissionaires. “They bring relevant, transferrable skills to employers in a wide range of fields.”

There were minor variances in the Ontario results, relative to the national average. In particular, Ontarians ranked highest in the country with respect to the obligation Canadians feel to ensure vets find meaningful employment after serving their country. The national average was 96 per cent, while the result among Ontarians was nearly 98 per cent. As well, nearly 78 per cent of Ontarians believe that it is ‘difficult or somewhat difficult’ for veterans to find civilian jobs, while the national average was just over 70 per cent. Nearly 51 per cent of Ontarians believe the top concern of vets to be ‘access to health services,’ as opposed to the national average of only 47 per cent.

The survey also indicates that most Canadians, nearly 63 per cent, believe the support veterans receive after they leave the Canadian Armed Forces is ‘inadequate or somewhat inadequate’ compared with only 4 per cent who considered it ‘adequate.’ Finally, the survey revealed that nearly 90 per cent of Canadians consider milestone anniversaries of World War I and World War II to be ‘important or somewhat important’ in focusing public attention on veterans issues.

“Clearly Canadians feel an obligation to help veterans make that challenging transition to a civilian career,” noted Michael Robert Voith, CEO, Commissionaires Kingston. “They deserve our support, gratitude, and assistance.”

Since 1925, Commissionaires has been providing meaningful employment for veterans as they make the transition from the Canadian Armed Forces to civilian life. With 15 divisions and more than 20,000 men and women employed across the country, Commissionaires is a leading national provider of security services, and one of the largest employers of veterans in Canada.

The Nanos survey was conducted between August 24th and 28th with a sample size of 1,000 Canadians. The margin of error is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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About Commissionaires

Commissionaires is one of Canada’s leading security providers and the largest private sector employer of veterans. Founded on the core military values of dedication, responsibility and sense of mission, it employs 20,000 people from coast to coast to coast. It offers a wide range of security services including professional guarding, monitoring and surveillance, threat risk assessment, bylaw enforcement, identification and fingerprinting services, and security training. The completely self-funding not-for-profit enterprise returns approximately 95 per cent of its annual generated revenue to employees. Its clients include an array of public and private sector organizations.

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