Family Life

Family life at 427 SOAS

427 SOAS understands that unit readiness relies on family readiness, and the squadron has its own Operational Support and Wellness Centre (OSWC) ready to inform and assist members new to Petawawa.

The unit considers its members and their families to be part of the same extended family and there are a number of family-oriented activities throughout the year to engender a sense of community, including a Squadron Family Day.

Whether you are a single, married with children or a service spouse, the OSWC has a variety of programs and services in English and French to meet your needs. Please get in touch with our Operational Support and Wellness Coordinator for more information.

Families helping Families

The squadron has a sponsorship program to help members and families get acquainted with the community. Even if you are single or already familiar with Petawawa, the OWSC is still a great resource for learning about new community resources, events and other activities.


Finding the right childcare to meet your family's needs can be a challenge, especially in a new community. If you would like to discuss the childcare options available in our area or would like to pre-register a child, please do not hesitate to contact the OSWC.

Where is Petawawa?

Located at CFB Petawawa in the beautiful Ottawa Valley, 427 SOAS personnel and their families have ready access to outdoor recreation (camping, kayaking, fishing, hiking, running, cross country skiing, mountain biking…), while being relatively close (150 km) to Ottawa and the amenities of a large city. Petawawa is also close to the towns of Pembroke (15 km) and Deep River (25 km), where there are additional recreation, entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities.

Living in Ontario

Some quick facts:

  • You can use your valid driver's license from another province for 60 days. You must register your vehicle within 30 days (make sure to have your birth certificate and – if it applies – a copy of your marriage certificate).
  • Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP) cards are required by non-military spouses and children.
  • Children start Junior Kindergarten at age four.
  • High School ends at Grade 12 and students must complete 40 hours of volunteer work to get a high school diploma.
  • Current immunization records are required for children’s school enrolment.

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