Veterans Deserve Meaningful Jobs
An annual Nanos national survey released in November by Commissionaires demonstrates overwhelming public support for veterans as they make the transition from military life to a civilian career.
For the second consecutive year, 94% of those surveyed continue to believe that Canadians have an obligation to ensure our veterans find meaningful employment after they've finished their service in the Canadian Armed Forces. “We’ve been hiring vets since 1925, so we know just how highly skilled and talented they are,” noted Bill Sutherland, National Board Chair, Commissionaires. With 16 divisions and more than 20,000 men and women employed across the country, Commissionaires is a leading national provider of security services, and one of the largest employers of veterans in Canada.
The survey also indicates that 72% of Canadians believe that in the last five years, veterans have faced difficulties making the transition to civilian jobs. In fact, 54% of respondents believe it is more difficult for today’s veterans to find civilian jobs than it was for veterans of the first and second world wars. As well, nearly 70% of respondents believe that the skills of today’s veterans are relevant and transferable.
Finally, the national survey revealed that 81% of Canadians think first of veterans of the first and second world wars on Remembrance Day, rather than veterans of more recent conflicts.