Here are some resources and services that you can access while experiencing a deployment or 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.
Funded by donations to the MFRC, respite child care (for children up to school age) is available at no cost when a military parent is deployed for 21 consecutive days or more. You can receive one continuous 3 hour session per week up to a maximum of 4 free sessions per month. Punch cards keep track of family usage. Parents must complete registration forms and follow established guidelines. If you have unique child care needs, please contact us. Register up to 8 days in advance of session.
Ages 6-18 months
Gradual entry required for new children
Call 250-363-2674 to book
*Additional sessions $15 per 3-hour session per child
Ages 18 months-5 years
Location: CPAC MFRC
Tues 9am–noon or 1–4pm
Thur 9am–noon or 1–4pm
Call 250–363–2674 to book
**Saturday sessions are available for anyone experiencing a work-related separation or deployment. Note: there are only morning sessions available and the maximum number of children is eight.
*Additional sessions $12 per 3-hour session per child
Preparing for and Dealing with Deployment
- Pre-Deployment Checklist: General, Parents of Members, Single Member
- Everything Binder: General, Single
- MFRC Deployment Books
- Parenting from Afar Book
- Preparing for Deployment Stress Handbook
- Travel Authorization Letter
Preparing for and Return and Reunion and Homecomings
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Here are some interactive presentations to help you prepare you for any stage of a deployment
Is your teen confused about house rules when a parent is deployed?
This interactive presentation covers many deployment issues that may exist for your child – no matter what age they are.
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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