Soldier On is a Canadian Armed Forces program that supports currently serving members and veterans to overcome their physical or mental health illness or injury through physical activity and sport. The program is a highly visible and integral component of the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment and priority towards providing a comprehensive approach to care for ill and injured members.
Since its inception in 2007, Soldier On has helped more than 2,200 ill and injured members to obtain sporting or recreational equipment, gain access to high-level training from world-class instructors and supported their participation in a wide range of structured activities from alpine skiing to fishing to adventure expeditions. Although Soldier On events are primarily focused on sport or other physically challenging activities, promoting an active lifestyle is only part of the mission. Soldier On not only supplies members with equipment and coaches to meet their needs, they also provide members with a safe environment to challenge themselves to get inspired in ways that they may not have thought possible.
This re-introduction to an active lifestyle provides the member with opportunities to develop new skills, build confidence in their abilities and meet peers with similar challenges. Many ill and injured members credit Soldier On with helping them to adapt to their new normal, realize their full potential and Soldier On.
Who we Support
Serving members and veterans who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces, regardless if it is attributable or not to service.
Soldier On is funded through a combination of Government allocated public funding and the Soldier On Fund, an official financial support program of the Canadian Armed Forces benefitting members, veterans and their families.
The Soldier On Fund is the most direct way for Canadians to contribute to supporting the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of ill and injured members. The Fund has disbursed more than $4 Million for the purchase of sporting and recreational equipment such as bicycles, golf clubs, kayaks, ski and fishing equipment. The Fund also pays for training and travel expenses for members to participate in regional, national and international events.
Telephone: Canada-wide Toll Free: 1-800-883-6094
In Ottawa at: 613-995-1457
Worldwide via the Military network at: CSN 995-1457
United States Collect Call: 613-995-1457