By Drake Fenton, OTTAWA CITIZEN June 12, 2013 6:07 PM
OTTAWA — The City of Ottawa announced Tuesday it will participate in a federal initiative to help military veterans find employment with the city.
The Hire a Veteran program, organized through Veterans Affairs Canada, is aimed at assisting former military members transition into the civilian workforce.
Each year, 4,000 to 5,000 members of the Canadian Forces leave the military at an average age of 37.
According to Coun. Steve Desroches — who helped bring the program to Ottawa — the initiative isn't about creating jobs for veterans, but instead about giving them a chance to fill vacant jobs.
"They do need to compete and put their best foot forward," Desroches said. "I think our military is representative of our society. It has men and women of all different backgrounds that would be well positioned to work for the city."
Desroches said members of the military have a variety of transferable skills that would make them candidates for a vast number of city jobs.
Brampton, Ont., is the only other municipality currently taking part in the Hire a Veteran program.
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