Our Mission

Empowering Canadian Public Safety Personnel and their families who are dealing with operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideation, to achieve healthy living and post-traumatic growth.

Registered Canadian Charity # 784599698RR0001

Mission Statement (4 pillars)

a) To promote health, by providing active and retired Canadian Public Safety personnel who have been diagnosed with operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress, with access to counselling, crisis resources, suicide prevention, family support, psychoeducation, and group support programs, delivered through a combination of virtual, in-person, and written education;
b) To advance knowledge, by funding research into the causes and effects of, and treatments for, operational stress injuries and suicide ideation, and making the results of that research available to the public;
c) To advance education, by holding conferences,workshops, and providing virtual, in-person and written psycho-educational programming, training,and resources, on topics related to operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention for Canadian Public Safety Personnel and their families; and
d) To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above charitable purposes.

Our History

Badge of Life Canada has been staffed by volunteers who “walk the talk” with a “pay it forward” approach. Badge of Life Canada supports Canadian public safety personnel by offering a safe, confidential place where members in crisis can turn for immediate information that can provide hope, growth and recovery to those members who are suffering an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and addictions, with access to counselling, including suicide prevention counselling, information and group support programs.

Badge of Life Canada Founder, Peter Platt (April - 11- 1949 to October 12-2016) was a 25 year veteran of the Ottawa Police Service diagnosed with PTSD in 1993. Peter is recognized for laying the ‘bricks and mortar’ for the organization in 2010 that has become the foundation of OUR legitimacy and integrity across Canada.

Canadian Public Safety Personnel

Canadian Public Safety Personnel, is a term that is continually evolving in academic research, encompassing personnel, acting in professional capacities, who ensure the safety and security of Canadians, and shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Police personnel, including sworn/civilian, active/retired Federal, Provincial, Municipal and First Nations policing, along with
  • Special Constables, Sheriffs and Bylaw Enforcement personnel
  • Public Safety communication personnel
  • Corrections personnel
  • Fire Services personnel (career and volunteer)
  • EMS-Paramedic Services and nursing personnel
  • Canada Border Services personnel
  • Search and rescue personnel
  • Military personnel