Deployment, Departures & Reunions  

When the military member is away...

Are you receiving the support you need during your partner’s absence?

Learn about our Deployment Services. We will discuss the roller coaster of deployment and its effect on families. If your spouse has been away often, come and share your knowledge and experience with others.

Throughout their careers, Canadian Forces personnel are required to serve time away from their families for a variety of reasons for varying lengths of time. The term "deployment" usually brings to mind images of Peacekeeping, although military personnel are deployed at other times as well – for operations and exercises, both domestic and abroad, and for extended periods of temporary duty associated with military courses.

The MFRC recognizes the significant physical and emotional demands placed on military families as a result of deployment or extended duty, and together with 8 Wing and national military authorities, provide a number of services designed to assist those who are coping with separation for whatever reason.   

September Deployment Department Calendar

Warm Line

The Warm Line Program is a confidential phone service offered to families who have a loved one currently away due to military duty. Trained and caring warm line volunteers who understand the military lifestyle and it’s ups and downs are ready to lend a compassionate ear. Whether you are looking for specific services or just need someone to talk to our volunteers are here to help!

For more information or to register for the service please contact Sabrina Provencal.

For more information please contact Sabrina Provençal:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582

Support Services Available 

Deployment Support Area

Deployment information, bulletin board, packaging table with supplies.

Deployment Information Package

Includes: A Family Guide to the Military Experience, with useful base and community resource information, and collected articles regarding deployment.

Family Information Line 

1-800-866-4546. Toll free, bilingual telephone service serving the families and loved ones of CAF personnel.

Warm Line

A confidential telephone service provided by volunteers to ensure that partners of military members remain connected to base resources and community services during deployment, extended duty and/or training.

Administrative Support

Available at the MFRC: Mail drop off, fax machine, computer & printer, internet access.

Deployment Cycle Workshops

Pre deployment, post deployment, emotional cycle of deployment, reunion, reintegration, critical incident stress, effects of deployment on children.

Family Care Plan 

Your Family Care Plan is designed to ensure that you have a plan in place to care for your family in the event of an emergency callout, planned deployment or unforeseen situation.

Emergency Child Care Services

Assistance in finding emergency childcare and completing your family care plan. Limited funding available for emergency situations and up to 72 hours respite care during deployments.

Deployment Respite

A respite break may be available to you in the event your partner is away on deployment or training. Please contact Kendra Bickford for further details and approval:

  •  (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582

Support Groups 

Spouse's Support Group
“Partner’s Away”, every Wednesday evening. This program runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with numerous activities and guest speakers. The last Wednesday of the month is a "potluck" dinner. 

Child care will be available but please reserve ahead so we have enough caregivers for your children. Reserve by Mondays at noon. Please call Kendra Bickford: 613-392-2811 ext. 4582.

What about Me

What about Me is a deployment support group for children age 6 to 11 that runs every Wednesdays night from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This program offers support to children who are or who will be experiencing separation from a loved one due to the military lifestyle providing, them with fun hands on activities to develop coping skills.  Some of the activities that we do are flat me’s, relaxation, hug pillows and memory boxes. It is not mandatory for children to attend every session but they must pre-register by Monday at Noon by calling (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582.

Operational Stress Injury Social Support

OSISS Family Support Group the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. 

For more information contact Dee Leroy (Family Peer Support Coordinator)

For anyone who has a loved one suffering from an OSI please visit:

Deployment Resources

Information is key to the successful navigation of an extended absence. A compilation of helpful on-line and published resources is listed below.


Online Resources


During Deployment

On-line Resources

During Deployment

Online Resources

Children & Youth

Online Resources


Other Services

Postal Information 

Addressing Letters & Parcels 

There is only one way to address a letter/parcel to a deployed member in theatre.

Rank, Name, Units, last 3 service number
Camp / Section
PO Box 5xxx Stn Forces
Belleville ON
K8N 5W6

It is very important to address your mail to the proper unit / section. I.E., Camp Mirage, Camp Warehouse etc. We do not require a return address but we strongly recommend that you put it on all mail.

Morale Mail 

For letters and parcels, postage will not be required as long as the following guidelines are followed:

Correspondence must be dropped off at one of the following locations:

  • Astra Post Office at the south side, located behind headquarters building 142. CFPU driver will pick mail once in the morning and once in the afternoon;
  • Canadian Forces Postal Unit (CFPU) building 348 at the north side beside the Canadian Parachute Centre (CPC) Support Coy;
  • Military Family Resource Centre, behind the Canex. The mail is dropped off at CFPU daily.


  • Clearly have an itemized list of contents written on the bottom left corner of the parcel. This must be done clearly and neatly.
  • Ensure parcels are under 20 KGS and within Canada Post Corporation regulation size.
  • Note: Letters and parcels may also be mailed at any Canada Post outlet; however you will have to pay regular postage rates.


If you mail your parcels via a Canada Post outlet, you will be required to properly fill out a CUSTOMS FORM and affix it to the item; remember this is a legal document that you are signing.
All mail sent overseas is subject to the host country’s customs inspection.
All mail returning from the members on deployment will be inspected and cleared by Canada Customs prior to entering the Canada Post mail stream to its destination.

Prohibited Items & Dangerous Goods

Many different items are illegal to send through the mail system. For a detail list, please contact your nearest Postal outlet. Here are the most common ones.

  • Tobacco
  • Intoxicating Beverages (all)
  • Firearms
  • Drug and other controlled substance
  • Explosive of any kind

Note: It is very important that if you send electronic items that you remove all batteries before sending them.

Frequency of despatches 

Parcels and all morale mail are despatched Wednesday and Friday morning via Commercial Air Line (CAL), this includes the following locations: CFPO 5002 Golan Height, CFPO 5048 Brussels, CFPO 5051 London England, CFPO 5053 Geilenkirchen, CFPO 5045 Naples, Italy, CFPO 5201 Sierra Leone (only on Thursdays). This means of transportation takes, on an average, between 10-15 days from Canada to theatre. The cut off time for all CFPO’s is the morning before by 10:00 AM. This cut off time is only a guideline. If you have parcels ready to ship, do not wait until the last minute, just drop them off to us anytime at any of our locations.

For Service Flight, depending on the flight schedule which changes daily, we are despatching to these CFPO’s via S/F: CFPO 5058, Afghanistan, most of the time on Thusdays (always via S/F), 5113 Camp Mirage on Thursdays (always via S/F) and 5210 Alert (always via S/F) normally once a week. When we are able to confirm an S/F, we will try to send all available mail on the S/F. Mail takes an average of 3-5 days, but due to Operation Commitments S/F is not very reliable.

Air Mail

Mail (letter size and oversize letter mail) is despatched daily, Monday to Friday, via CAL. The CFPO’s are 5045, 5048, 5051, 5053, and 5113.


If at any time you require assistance concerning your postal needs, please do not hesitate to call CFPU at 392-2811 Ext 4289/2237 and ask for the Operation Supervisor.

Children's Support Program

The official flower of the military child is the Dandelion.

The children’s deployment support program offers support to children and their parents who may be experiencing challenges due to the military lifestyle. This support is offered in one on one sessions or in groups for both parents and children. Topics that are range from coping with separation due to deployment or training, adjusting to moves, parenting and building resiliency skills in children.

We are available to meet with you and your family before a deployment to ensure that you have a plan in place to stay connected as a family and to adjust to any changes that may occur.

If you are getting ready to deploy or are going away on training please do not hesitate to contact Kendra Bickford:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582

What about Me:

What about Me is a deployment support group for children age 6 to 11 that runs every Wednesdays night from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This program offers support to children who are or who will be experiencing separation from a loved one due to the military lifestyle providing, them with fun hands on activities to develop coping skills.  Some of the activities that we do are flat me’s, relaxation, hug pillows and memory boxes. It is not mandatory for children to attend every session but they must pre-register by Monday at Noon by calling (613) 392-2811 ext. 4582.

Deployment Library

Surviving Deployment: A guide for military families

by Karen M Pavlicin

Learn what to expect, how to prepare, and how to personally grow as individuals and families. Your survival gear will range from a sturdy toilet plunger to the fine art of letter writing. You’ll manage financial changes, help children express their feelings, and discover a renewed appreciation for everyday life. Solid information. Practical checklists. Personal stories from hundreds of families. Awarded the Military Writers Society of America’s Gold Medal for best reference book.

Life After Deployment: Military families share reunion stories and advice

by Karen M Pavlicin

Life after Deployment captures the tender and moving stories of military families during their reunion. Service members and their spouses, parents, fiancées, and children share the joy and anxiety of homecoming, the adjustments of living together again, and how they coped with anger, depression, PTSD, injuries, grief, and other challenges. Some families had fairytale endings. Most worked hard to rebuild their relationships after much time and change. A few suffered great losses. These military families talk candidly about what their experience was really like, offering hope and advice to others who walk this journey. Awarded the Military Writers Society of America’s Gold Medal for best reference book.

A Year of Absence: Six women’s stories of courage, hope, and love

by Jessica Redmond

Six Army wives struggle to make it through their husbands’ 15-month deployment to Iraq in this true story by Jessica Redmond. A young lieutenant’s wife comes dangerously close to alcoholism. Marriages are pushed to the breaking point by the constant strain of the long months apart. Each morning the women anxiously scan the headlines, wondering if they still have a husband, if their children still have a father. Some form friendships that become their lifeline. Others somehow find courage despite their isolation.

I’m already Home Again

by Elaine Gray Dumler

A book designed to help families find unique and wonderful ways to stay connected and in constant communication when they are apart. This is a practical guide to fun and in expensive ways to stay in touch while on assignment or deployment.

The Unexpected War

by Janice Gross SteIn and Eugene Lang

The unexpected War is a riveting story about how Canada slipped into war with mounting casualties and grim battles in Kandahar. It tells the story of how Canada's leaders chose to send soldiers to Afghanistan and the politics behind these decisions. “it reads like a whodunit. From the players, the private conversations, and the presumptuous bravado in the Canadian and American corridors of power, this is the inside story” Sally Armstrong

Fifteen Days

by Christie Blatchford

This is a very informative and emotional book to read, not one to tackle when a family member is deployed. Christie Blatchford has an ability to connect with her readers and subjects. She won the respect and trust of the soldiers, gained over the course of several trips to Afghanistan and hundreds of hours of interviews. The soldiers share breathtakingly honest accounts of their desire to serve, their willingness to confront fear and danger in the battlefield, their loyalty towards each other and the heartbreak occasioned by the loss of one of their own. Christie Blatchford creates a detailed, complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the twenty first century.

In Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

by Greg Mortneson and David Oliver Relin

Greg Mortenson, and journalist David Oliver Relin recount the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. By replacing guns with pencils, rhetoric with reading, Mortenson combines his unique background with his intimate knowledge of the third-world to promote peace with books, not bombs, and successfully bring education and hope to remote communities in central Asia. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world—one school at a time.

Deployment Library for Kids   

My Red Balloon

by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

A boy takes his red balloon to greet his Navy dad, who has been away at sea for months.

The Wishing Tree

by Mary Redman, Illustrated by Christina Rodriguez

Amanda understands her dad is making the world a better place, but it doesn’t make his deployment any easier. After mulling over ways she can support her dad, Amanda creates a small wishing tree in her room, writing her hopes and prayers on yellow ribbons that she ties onto the branches. As Amanda wishes for her dad to enjoy good meals, make new friends, and return safely, the little tree comes to life with yellow ribbons of hope. Includes information about wishing trees.

Deployment - September 2018

  • Sun
  • Mon
  • Tue
  • Wed
  • Thu
  • Fri
  • Sat
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 1
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29