Did you know?

There are 40,000 families of full-time regular force Canadian Armed Forces personnel who do not receive care through the military, but access healthcare through provincial programs.

Military families face unique circumstances: 

  • Frequent relocations
  • Regular family absences due to training and/or deployment
  • Increased risk for operational injury, illness or death of the military member.

Military Family Doctor Network

Calian Health, in collaboration with Military Family Services (MFS), has introduced the Military Family Doctor Network (MFDN) program as part of its corporate citizenship efforts.

Cost-free healthcare access for Canadian Armed Forces families
Available in multiple locations across Canada
Collaboration with family physicians in Primacy clinics
Expedites the process of obtaining a physician for military families
Reduces the number of military spouses and children without a family physician

MFDN locations

The program is provided at no cost to families or the Canadian Armed Forces and is now available in Calgary, Comox, Edmonton, Esquimalt, Gagetown, Halifax, Kingston, London and SW Ontario, Mainland BC, Moose Jaw, St. John’s, Toronto, Ottawa, Trenton and Winnipeg. There are a number of family physicians at Primacy clinics across these communities who are participating in the MFDN program.


Innovation to impact: enhancing healthcare for Canadian military families

Calian, Military Family Services a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, in collaboration with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research and the Vanier Institute of the Family, established ‘Innovation to Impact.’ This initiative translates crucial Canadian medical research into practical guides, empowering healthcare professionals to make evidence-based decisions for the well-being of military families. Key outcomes include the ‘Quick Reference Guide for Military Families‘ and the ‘Quick Reference Guide for Health Care Practitioners.’


Petawawa military family video visit pilot: enhancing access to healthcare

The Petawawa Military Family Video Visit Pilot enabled military family patients in the Petawawa/Pembroke area to securely consult Ontario physicians from their homes, functioning like non-emergency walk-in clinics with scheduled video appointments. The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and Calian Ltd. joined forces to provide virtual doctor services, addressing the healthcare needs of military families facing physician accessibility challenges.

Photo credit: Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS)

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