Life After Service Survey, 2019: Key findings on Veterans' transition to civilian life

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Release date: January 16, 2020

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Life After Service Survey, 2019: Key findings on Veterans' transition to civilian life

The Life After Service Survey is a national longitudinal survey that collects information on the transition from military life to post-service life.

Every year, thousands of Regular Force members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) transition from active duty to civilian life.

Adjustment to post-service life:

  • 2 in 5 Veterans reported difficultiesFootnote 1 adjusting to post-service life.
  • 1 in 3 Veterans reported their family experienced difficulties adjusting to their release from active duty.Footnote 2
Main activity in the last 12 months
Activity percentage
Working or running a business 57%
Retired or not looking for work 21%
On disability 12%
Attending school or training 4%
OtherFootnote * 6%
Table note *

Other Includes those who worked in the Reserve Force, looked for work, or cared for or nurtured a family member or partner.

Return to table note * referrer

4 in 5 Veterans who worked or ran a business reported being satisfied with their work (79%).

Job stability: 79% of CAF members released prior to 2013 had the same job in 2019 as they did in 2016.

Source: Live After Service Survey, 2019

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