Increasing number of Canadians believe private sector obligated to help veterans find jobs

Ottawa, ON — November 8, 2016 — Although still a minority, the number of Canadians who believe the private sector has the highest obligation to help veterans find jobs more than doubled from five per cent last year to 12 percent in 2016, according to a new national survey conducted by NANOS RESEARCH Group and released today by Commissionaires. See the infographic (PDF).

“I was struck by the significant growth in the number of Canadians who believe the private sector bears some responsibility to help veterans find jobs,” said Vice-Admiral Duncan Miller (Ret’d), National Board Chair, Commissionaires.

The views of Ontarians differed somewhat from the national average on the survey’s central question. More than 13 per cent of respondents from Ontario believe the private sector has the highest obligation to help veterans find jobs while the national average was marginally lower at just under 12 per cent.

Commissionaires is the largest private sector employer of Canadian veterans.  Each year, Commissionaires hires more than 1,000 veterans in its 15 divisions across the country to provide a full range of security services to clients in the private and public sectors.

“This year’s survey clearly shows Canadians want the private sector to step up and hire more veterans,” said Paul Guindon, CEO, Commissionaires Ottawa. “We’ve been doing this for years and know first-hand, as do our clients, the value of a veteran’s unique skills, training and experience.”

The survey revealed that men (15.3%) are more likely than women (7.8%) to consider the private sector as having the most important obligation to help veterans find jobs after leaving the military. Eighty per cent of respondents rank the federal government as having the highest obligation to ensure veterans find meaningful employment.

Since 1925, Commissionaires have provided meaningful employment in the security services industry for veterans as they make the transition from the Canadian Armed Forces to civilian life.

Nanos Research conducted a hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,000 Canadians of 18 years of age or older between August 22nd and 25th, 2016 as part of an omnibus survey. The participants were recruited by telephone using live agents and administered a survey online. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Canadians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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 21,000 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.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Mandy Chepeka
Communications and Marketing
Commissionaires National Office
T 613 688 0714
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Abby Radovski
Thornley Fallis Communications
T 416 515 7517 ext 328
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