Family Covenant

Canadian Forces Family Covenant

In September 2008, the Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff, General W.J. Natynczyk unveiled the "Canadian Forces Family Covenant" - an important foundation in the support to military families. It formally acknowledges the critical role that military family members play in supporting serving members. A covenant is an agreement or contract between two parties - in this case, the Military Family Services Program and Canadian military families.

The Covenant underscores the key contributions that families make in enabling an operationally effective and sustainable military force. The Covenant focuses attention on the level of sacrifice asked of military families and reinforces the obligation to ease the many burdens service life imposes on them. 

One of the fundamental principles of the Covenant is fairness. Military families must not be put at a disadvantage because their loved one has agreed to serve the nation.