Response from the Minister of National Defence regarding the Cadet Report

Mr. Gary Walbourne
Ombudsman
Office of the National Defence and
Canadian Forces Ombudsman
100 Metcalfe, 12th floor
Ottawa ON KIP 5M1

 

Dear Mr. Walbourne:

Thank you for your letter of December 8, 2016, with which you enclosed a copy of your report
entitled Cadets: An Investigation of the Support Provided to Cadets Who Suffer an Illness or
Injury as a Result of a Cadet Activity
. Your input on these matters is valued, and I appreciate
receiving your recommendations.

Currently, a cadet who suffers illness or injury as a result of an approved cadet activity is entitled
to the same level of medical care as a Private of the Reserve Force who is serving on a short term basis
(Class A Reserve Service or Class B Reserve Service for a period less than 180 days).

In addition, cadets have access to long-term insurance coverage through policies maintained by
the civilian Navy League, Army Cadet League and Air Cadet League of Canada.

I wish to assure you that the protection, safety and welfare of our cadets is one our highest
priorities. As such, we are committed to fully reviewing your report in consultation with our
Cadet League partners. In addition, the Canadian Armed Forces will review the process of
providing support to cadets who suffer illness or injury as a result of approved cadet activities.

This review will include an analysis ofdifferences between the support provided to full- and part-time
reservists and the support provided to cadets.

Taken together, these measures will help us determine the best way forward in supporting the
cadets who become ill or injured while participating in the Cadet Program.

Thank you again for sending me a copy of your report. I appreciate your continued support of
our men and women in uniform and their families.

Yours sincerely,

 

The Hon. Harjit S. Sajjan, PC, OMM, MSM, CD, MP

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