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About Commissionaires

By Veterans, for Veterans—for Canada

Commissionaires is Canada’s largest private sector employer of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and RCMP veterans. It was established in 1925 to help veterans transition to civilian life—a social purpose that has expanded across Canada and today, benefits 22,000 employees of all ages and backgrounds, and generations of families before them.

Commissionaires manages the largest digital fingerprinting infrastructure in Canada, all while growing the diversity of physical, electronic and cyber security employment opportunities to match the skillsets and second career aspirations of modern-day veterans.

NOT for Profit

Commissionaires is Canada’s only national, not-for-profit security organization. To round out its talent and meet demand, Commissionaires also hires family members of active personnel and veterans, as well as civilians who share a passion to protect Canada’s freedom and peaceful way of life.

The not-for-profit structure enables more than 90% of spending to flow back to employees in the form of wages, training, benefits, and employee-centric programs.

In 2022, Commissionaires was recognized with a Veteran Employment Champion Award at a Celebration of Service event on Parliament Hill hosted by Members of Parliament across party lines.

Purpose: Giving Back

Beyond providing meaningful second and third careers, Commissionaires’ social purpose extends to giving back to veterans and their families—such as through donations, sponsorships, national surveys, advocacy and awareness campaigns, veteran task forces, and volunteerism.

Recent beneficiaries of donations in the National Capital Region include:

Perley Health

$3+ million—Perley Health is a unique and innovative campus of care for more than 600 seniors and veterans living in independent apartments or receiving long-term care. Perley Health is also a centre for research, education, and clinical and therapeutic services for Canada’s seniors and veterans. In the form of major gifts, Commissionaires donated $2 million toward the Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, the first of its kind in Canada, and $1 million toward the creation of an assisted-living residence where over 150 seniors and veterans call home today.

Veterans’ House

$1 million: Veterans’ House, a Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI), received a lead campaign gift of $1 million toward their Heroes’ Welcome campaign to build a three-story 40-unit supportive housing facility at the former CFB Rockcliffe Air Base for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The initiative combines safe housing with essential onsite rehabilitation services. Four more homes are planned across Canada.

The Pepper Pod Retreat Centre for Women Veterans

$90,000. Located in Chelsea, Quebec, The Pepper Pod offers women veterans a safe place, tools, resources, and a network of new friendships to prepare and support them as they transition out of the Canadian Armed Forces or the RCMP and begin to adjust to a civilian way of life.

Military Family Resource Centres/Military Family Services

Commissionaires has donated over $500,000 towards family and children’s respite programs, providing financial aid and services to families coping with the absence of a deployed loved one.

Why Sponsor Commissionaires Ottawa Open?

Commissionaires is excited that proceeds from the Commissionaires Ottawa Open will benefit Soldier On, a Canadian Armed Forces program that contributes to the recovery of ill and injured CAF members and veterans through sport, recreational and creative activities.

About Questions? Contact for Commissionaires:

Andrée Paige
Director, Communications and Marketing / Directrice, communications et marketing
COMMISSIONAIRES OTTAWA GROUP / GROUPE COMMISSIONNAIRES OTTAWA
Commissionaires Ottawa, ComNet Networks and Security Inc., and ADGA Group Consultants Inc.
Commissionnaires Ottawa, ComNet réseaux et sécurité inc., et Groupe ADGA Consultants inc.

Email: andree.paige@commissionairesottawagroup.ca or apaige@commissionaires-ottawa.on.ca

Phone: 613-807-5349