If you're a Canadian veteran

or you know someone who is struggling, there are several resources and support networks available.

Here are some of the key resources for Canadian veterans:

  1. Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Assistance Service:

    • You can reach the VAC Assistance Service at any time by calling 1-800-268-7708.
    • For hearing impaired assistance, TDD/TYY is available at: 1-800-567-5803.
    • This service can provide psychological support and is available 24/7.
  2. Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS):

    • OSISS provides peer support for active duty military, veterans, and their families dealing with an operational stress injury.
    • Their contact information can be found on their website:OPERATIONAL STRESS INJURY SOCIAL SUPPORT
  3. Royal Canadian Legion:

    • The Legion provides support for veterans and their families, including assistance with VAC claims.
    • You can contact your local branch or visit their website: http://www.legion.ca
  4. Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program (CFMAP):

    • CFMAP is available to serving members and their families 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-268-7708.
  5. Wounded Warriors Canada:

    • Wounded Warriors Canada is a nonprofit organization that supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families.
    • Visit their website for more information: https://woundedwarriors.ca/
  6. VETS Canada (Veterans Emergency Transition Services):

    • VETS Canada is a federally registered nonprofit organization that supports veterans who are in-crisis, at risk of becoming homeless, or are homeless.
    • Website: https://vetscanada.org/
  7. Soldier On:

    • Soldier On supports currently serving members and veterans to overcome their physical or mental health illness or injury through physical activity and sport.
    • More information can be found here: https://www.soldieron.ca/
  8. Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR):

    • CIMVHR serves as a focal point for more than 40 Canadian universities dedicated to researching the health needs of military personnel, veterans, and their families.
    • Link to CIMVHR: https://www.cimvhr.ca/
  9. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA):

    • CMHA provides advocacy, programs, and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.
    • Visit their website: http://www.cmha.ca
  10. Crisis Services Canada:

    • If you're experiencing a mental health crisis, Crisis Services Canada can help. You can call them 24/7 at 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645.
    • Website: http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/

It’s important to reach out and talk to someone if you or a veteran you know is struggling. These resources are a good starting point, and many offer confidential support. If you're looking for more information, you can also contact a local Veterans Affairs office in Canada for further guidance.