Giving Back to the Canadian Armed Forces and Their Families
Making a Difference for Military Families
DND-funded health services are available only to active military personnel, not to their families. A 2013 DND ombudsman’s report detailed the many difficulties military families experience as a result of their service, including accessing and maintaining a family physician. When this challenge to find a family physician was brought to Calian’s attention through our active participation in the Vanier Institute's Leadership Circle, we realized that this was a great opportunity for Calian to give back to the Canadian Armed Forces, a community we have been so proud to support and work with for so many years.
In January 2016, Calian, in partnership with Military Family Services and local Military Family Resource Centres, launched the Calian Military Family Doctor Network. This program helps match military families in need of a family doctor with physicians practicing at Calian’s own Primacy clinics located all across Canada at no cost to DND or to the family. In the last year, 470 individuals representing over 200 families have been referred to a family physician. As the family physician is the entry point into the provincial medical programs in Canada, those individuals with a family physician now have access to specialists including mental health professionals.
Through its extensive work with the Canadian Armed Forces, Calian has become a destination employer for transitioning veterans when they leave the military and seek new civilian careers. Calian has been recognized by Canada Company with the Military-Friendly Top Employer Award for the second year of a 2-year program. Canada Company is a charitable and non-partisan organization that helps build bridges between community and business leaders and the Canadian military, to help veterans transition to civilian life. Join our team
Military Spouse-Friendly Employer
Calian is also active with Canada Company’s MET Spouse program, which helps spouses of serving military personnel find employment. Many such opportunities have included healthcare professionals who are employed on Calian’s DND health services contract. View current opportunities
Military Community Supporter
Calian has been a service provider to the Department of National Defence (DND) for over 20 years and has a unique understanding of the needs of this community. We are known for our philanthropic support of an extensive number of Canadian Armed Forces/DND events each year.
Calian supports events such as:
- Women in Defence and Security (WiDS )
- Golf tournaments, such the National Capital Open
- Ottawa Senators' Canadian Forces Appreciation Night
- School of Communications and Electronics troops from Kingston CFB to attend the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Battlefield Tour
CIMVHR Annual Sponsor - $105,000 Research Grant
Understanding the strategic importance of investing in research and creating a forum in which to share this information, Calian has been a major supporter of CIMVHR helping to finance the annual conference. Additionally, we have contributed $105,000 in support of CPSSN under the guidance of Dr. Birtwhistle to specifically look in specific care requirements of military families.
A Community Partner
As well, Calian is proud to support our community through many initiatives such as:
- Community Sponsor of the annual United Way campaign
- Fundraisers for Autism
- The Royal Ottawa Hospital
- The Kanata Food Cupboard
- Heart and Stroke Big Bike
- The Ottawa Hospital
- Health Partners
- Pancreatic Cancer Canada
- Chamber of Commerce – Ottawa, Kingston and Fort McMurray
Contributing to Canada's Organizational Excellence
Calian proactively supports Excellence Canada as a means of advancing organizational performance of Canadian companies. Excellence Canada has created a uniquely Canadian model, providing measurable standards and objective validation through its certification programs.
Under the Patronage of His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., the Governor General of Canada, Excellence Canada has helped organizations in Canada, across many industries, to implement continual quality improvement systems and employee wellness strategies.
Calian representatives serve on both the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors and Calian has achieved the prestigious Canada Awards for Excellence—gold level for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness. Watch the video