Military Moves - Guide to Moving to Ottawa

Guide to Moving to Ottawa for Military Families

We have put together a list of resources for military families that will help make your transition as smoothe as possible. The following are military specific resources. You can also find more information in our Guide to Moving to Ottawa.

This guide was created by David and Marie Haynes, your Kanata Real Estate Sales Representatives.

In this guide:

DND Locations
Community Information
Recommended Brookfield Registered Referrals
Choosing a School
Health and Medical
DND Housing
Financial and Banking
Military Family ID Cards

DND Locations

Ottawa's Department of National Defence has seven headquarters in the city. This resource shows you how far each of these offices are from the major areas of Ottawa.

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Recommended Brookfield Registered Referrals

Brookfield is a government relocation program which assists military families with many aspects of their move. In this document we have listed several Brookfield registered professionals whom we recommend.

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The Military Family Resource Centre has a number of Child and Parent Programs (CAPP) that offer weekly playgroups, outdoor activities and workshops:

Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers
Childcare and ECE
Pre Teens and Teens Youth Programs

School Information

Ottawa has a great mixture of public, catholic, private and french elementary and secondary schools. We have put together a thorough document on school information for schools in Kanata and soon plan to follow with information for the rest of Ottawa. This document contains information on school zone boundaries, Fraser School Rankings, Grades included and much more.

Read More Looking for a house in a particular school zone? We'd love to help!

We're also happy to answer any questions you may have about the different schools options in all of Ottawa.


The Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA) manages housing locations that are available for military families to live in. This document outlines who qualifies for DND housing.

DND Housing Application
Types of DND housing available in Ottawa (and prices)
PSP Military Housing

Shopping - Official Discount Program of the Canadian Forces Community
Discounts and Offers for National Capital Region Military Families

Obtaining Military Family ID Cards

Military Family Identification Cards (MFID) can be obtained for members of your family through PSP.
For more information about MF ID cards please contact:
PSP Recreation
330 Croil Pvt., Building 471
Ottawa, Ontario
(613) 998-8216

Want us to put together a house hunting trip for you?

If you are moving to Ottawa we'd love to show you around. Here's what we'll do:

  • Spend some time on the phone with you to learn what kind of house and area of the city you want.
  • Send you a number of listings that you'll likely want to see.
  • Set up a full day of appointments for you to view those homes.
  • If you'd like, we'll pick you up at your hotel and take you to each of the homes.
  • We'd love to buy you lunch or dinner as well!

Other useful Resources:

Ottawa's Best Neighbourhoods

How to find a job in Ottawa


Got real estate questions?

Contact David and Marie


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We have access to all MLS listings 24 hours before they are available to the public. We'd be happy to create a list of your criteria and help you sleuth out the perfect home.