The foundation of support to military families is the Canadian Armed Forces Family Covenant, which 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.
Canadian Forces Family Covenant
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.