Resources for new community members
Esquimalt MFRC

Relocation Services & Resources

Employment Support

Greater Victoria has excellent employment agencies and the MFRC is fortunate to have great working relationships with them. If you need help finding a job, we recommend that you get in contact with the appropriate agency in your community.

If you need employment assistance related to being a military family member new to the area, we have trained staff to provide guidance on gaining meaningful employment. There are also employment workshops and employer information sessions from time-to-time hosted at our facility in Colwood. 

Locate the WorkBC Employment Service Centre for your community:

Useful Resources

METSpouse
The Military Employment Transition Spouse (METSpouse) program connects Canadian military spouses with a network of employers across the country. It is available in all military communities to the spouses of Active, Reserve, and Retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces. To participate, contact the MFRC at 250-363-2640.

Newcomers
The Integrated Relocation Project (IRP) reimburses the cost of some expenses related to the job search of the military spouse/partner when relocating in a new community. Contact the IRP office to obtain further details about the expenses that you can claim.

Employment Insurance
Service Canada

Persons with Disabilities
Contact the Family Navigator Coordinator at the MFRC for help navigating systems.
Recommended Link: Victoria Disability Resource Centre

English as a Second Language
Contact the MFRC to register for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
Recommended Links: Société francophone de VictoriaVictoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society

MFRC 24-Hour Information Line

MFRC staff members are ready to take your call - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can answer your questions, provide assistance in an emergency or do the research to find the information you need. Call 250-363-2640 (toll free: 1-800-353-3329).
 

Military Family ID Card

It takes just 10 minutes to get this valuable ID card. The card is available to all regular and reserve military family members age 13 years and up. Use it to access base services such as the Naden Athletic Centre and to receive discounts from local businesses. The CAF member must be present to sign the card at the time of issue. If your partner is deployed or on course, contact the MFRC to make special arrangements. The MFID is available at Signal Hill MFRC and CPAC MFRC.
 

Welcome Resources

When you arrive in Victoria, be sure to pick up your Welcome Bag from either MFRC location.

In it, you will receive:
  • The MFRC’s Welcome Book – a comprehensive guide to CFB Esquimalt and Greater Victoria
  • Area maps including bike and trail maps
  • Visitor guides for the Greater Victoria area
  • MFRC swag and more!
Many resources, including the Welcome Book, are also available for download at the EsquimaltMFRC.com