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New personnel support centre opens at 8 Wing

The Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan officially opens the Integrated Personnel Support Centre at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton with a ribbon cutting. From left, Royal Canadian Air Force Chief Warrant Officer Gérard Poitras, RCAF Commander Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, Member of Parliament Bay of Quinte Neil Ellis.

The Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan officially opens the Integrated Personnel Support Centre at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton with a ribbon cutting. From left, Royal Canadian Air Force Chief Warrant Officer Gérard Poitras, RCAF Commander Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, Member of Parliament Bay of Quinte Neil Ellis.

In support of the mental and physical health and wellbeing of Canadian Armed Forces personnel, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, accompanied by Neil Ellis, MP Bay of Quinte, officially opened the new Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) at 8 Wing, CFB Trenton.

“We are committed to providing high-quality care and support for each and every ill and injured member of the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Sajjan. “This new facility will allow Trenton’s Integrated Personnel Support Centre to focus on helping CAF personnel – and their families – through their challenging journey.”

The IPSC is a local area support unit, part of a Canada-wide system focusing on resources such as return to duty co-ordination, outreach and advocacy services.

Until Tuesday, the Trenton IPSC was housed in a temporary facility in a separate location from its service partners. This new location is to be a one-stop-shop to better provide services. Most of its service partners, such as Veterans Affairs Canada, CAF Nurse Case Managers, Family Liaison Officers, are now under the same roof, facilitating interactions with CAF personnel, veterans, and their families.

Construction of the $2.4 million project started in April 2015.

“The women and men of 8 Wing Trenton and their families will benefit from this new facility,” said Ellis. “In a building best suited to their needs, they will be able to receive support and benefit from the range of care, compensation and benefits provided to them by the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada and their partners. ”

There are 24 IPSCs across the country under the Joint Personnel Support Unit headquartered in Ottawa. This is one of several IPSCs that are being upgraded or renovated.

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