Department of National Defense
Ottawa, Canada
4d ago


Chaplains are responsible for fostering the religious and pastoral care of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families, regardless of religious affiliation.

A Chaplain has privileged access to all CAF members of all ranks, has no commanding authority, and is prohibited from bearing arms under the Geneva Conventions.

Their responsibilities include :

  • Officiating at special functions, religious services and ceremonies
  • Advising the Commanding Officer regarding religious accommodations issues, ethical dilemmas, as well as spiritual and morale issues of the unit
  • Liaising with civilian religious faith groups
  • Referring members to other care providers such as social workers, psychologists, or medical personnel
  • Providing directed care after significant life incidents
  • Providing notifications to a member's next-of-kin when directed
  • Apply knowledge in general military administration and chaplain branch policies
  • Work environment

    A Chaplain can work in all military environments with members of the Navy, Army and the Air Force. Chaplains provide a ministry of presence and offer spiritual teaching programs.

    Ceremonies typically require the chaplain to offer prayers, and church services in public and unit parades. Liaison with other spiritual leaders in the civilian community is expected.

    Chaplains can work in Canada or may be required to go abroad during operations.

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