Here are some resources and services that you can access while experiencing a work-related separation.
Having trouble finding a workshop date or time that works for you? Do you live too far away from the MFRC to participate in the Children’s Workshops? Would you like to better support your child throughout their parent’s deployment? What about doing your own Children’s Deployment Workshops at home? We have developed Children’s Deployment Workbooks for children 3 to 12 years of age and an easy-to-use Parent Guide for the parent at home which includes tips and activities for the deployed parent. Stop by any MFRC location to pick up your copy today! Copies of these manuals are available to deployed members on their ships and electronically upon request. Deployment staff are available to assist you throughout the deployment with email support.
**Order your own workbook and parent guide today by filling out this form!
Learn how to use the workbooks by watching this presentation.
Free Respite Child Care (for children up to school age) is available through the MFRC for one continuous 3 hour period per week up to a maximum of 4 sessions per month when a military parent is deployed (or away for work related reasons) for 21 consecutive days or more. Punch Cards (available at the MFRC) are used to keep track for the period during which each family can access the program. Parents must complete registration forms and follow established guidelines. This program is made possible by donations to the MFRC through the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC). If you have unique child care needs, please contact us. Register 8 days in advance of session.
Ages 6-18 months
Ages 18 months-5 years
Tuesday & Thursday: 9am-noon & 1-4pm
Saturday: 9am-noon (*Note: Saturday sessions now only available in the mornings and have a maximum of eight children.)
Preparing for and Dealing with Deployment
- Pre-Deployment Checklist: General, Parents of Members, Single Member
- Everything Binder: General, Single
- MFRC Deployment Books
- Preparing for Deployment Stress Handbook
- Travel Authorization Letter
Preparing for and Return and Reunion and Homecomings
Stay connected with your child during deployment. Look for activities and tips in Raising Your Military Child elearning tool. You can also pick up Children’s Deployment Workbooks and a Parent Guide at any MFRC location (or order one online), and the new Parenting from Afar booklet.
Here are some interactive presentations to help you prepare you for any stage of a deployment
Sign up yourself or a loved one for a monthly “Staying in Touch” phone call or email to take place through a deployment or work-related separation. You will receive updates on the activities and services available to you through the Base and Community as well as updates on your member’s mission. If you are deploying, register your spouse/partner, parents, siblings or grandparents. We call anywhere in Canada. To subscribe, phone us at 250-363-2640 (toll-free 1-800-353-3329) or update your MFRC Contact Form.
There are things that military members and their families can do before, during and after deployments to have a successful deployment. Want a few tips and tricks for dealing with a deployment? This quick slideshow covers a few things you might want to think about before you go through the deployment cycle.
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