NEWS RELEASE – Canadians Believe Ensuring Jobs For Veterans Is Our Obligation

96 percent of Canadians believe we have an obligation to ensure veterans find meaningful employment after their military service. This percentage 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 national Nanos 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.”

 

The views of Atlantic Canadians are closely aligned with those of Canadians in general, according to the survey.  One interesting variance, however, is that nearly 75 per cent of Atlantic Canadians surveyed are in support of honouring the milestone anniversaries of World War I and World War II, indicating it is ‘important’ in sustaining the public’s attention on veterans’ issues. This is the highest score across the country, significantly more than the national average of 62 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 consider it ‘adequate.’

 

“We’re not surprised Atlantic Canadians are very grateful to veterans for their service to our country,” noted Bruce Belliveau, CEO, Commissionaires Nova Scotia. “We’d like to see that strong support translate into more jobs for veterans in the region, as they embark on second careers.”

 

For nearly 77 years, Commissionaires Nova Scotia (CNS) has been providing meaningful employment for veterans as they make the transition to civilian life. With 1,500 men and women employed across the province at over 200 client sites, CNS is the leading security provider and the largest private employer of veterans in Nova Scotia.

 

The Nanos survey was conducted between August 24 and 28, 2014, 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 the Canadian Corps of 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 through its 15 divisions. 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.

 

To arrange an interview, contact:

To arrange an interview, contact:

Mandy Chepeka

Communications and Marketing

Commissionaires National Office

T 613 688 0714

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April Gibson

Consultant

Thornley Fallis Communications

T 416 515 7517 ext 323

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