In 2.5 years we’ve made historic investments to ensure that Veterans and their families have the support they need to ease into their transition in post-military life.
We also announced the Pension for Life which recognizes serving members and Veterans who experience service-related injury and/or illness, and have to carry that pain and suffering with them throughout their lives. These new benefits are intended to recognize–via monthly payments, for life–this burden that is a direct result of serving our country.
Watch the Minister of Veterans Affairs address our dedication to veterans below.
✔ Read what our government has accomplished for Canada’s Veterans so far:
- Reopened nine Veterans Affairs offices closed by the former government (including Sydney, Nova Scotia) and opened a new office in Surrey, BC, and expanded outreach to Veterans in the North.
- Added over 400 new frontline staff to serve Veterans and their families at Veterans Affairs offices.
- Working towards almost doubling the number of support and care staff to ensure that every Veteran gets frontline personal support.
- Putting more money in the pockets of over 65,000 Veterans by increasing the Disability Award to a maximum of $360,000.
- Increased the Earnings Loss Benefit to 90% of pre-release salary to support Veterans during their recovery.
- Compensating Veterans better, particularly those who are seriously ill and injured, with an expanded Career Impact Allowance (formerly the Permanent Impairment Allowance).
- Providing free Mental Health First Aid training to the Veteran community.
- Developed a new Suicide Prevention Strategy between the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada to prevent suicide among our military members and Veterans.
- Providing up to $80,000 in post-secondary education through the new Education and Training benefit.
- Assisting Veterans transition to a post-military career through redesigned Career Transition Services.
- Recognizing the important work of informal caregivers in the Veteran’s recovery with a $1,000 monthly, tax-free benefit paid directly to the caregiver.
- Expanding the Veteran Family Programs in all 32 Military Family Resource Centres for country-wide support to Veterans and their families.
- Caring for Veterans when they have an urgent need that is not covered under any current programs through the Veteran Emergency Fund.
- Helping Veterans secure temporary shelter and affordable housing by partnering with organizations like VETS Canada.
- Increased support to families by increasing the estate exemption for funeral and burial costs through for those who have served and unfortunately passed away by doubling the Last Post Fund.
- Eliminating the one-year time limit and pressure on Veterans’ spouses and survivors to apply to the Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance
- Program so that they can take the time they need to grieve before returning to work.
- Proudly hosted the 2017 Invictus Games, the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill active duty and Veteran service members.
- Welcomed 550 athletes from 17 countries who competed in 12 adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball and cycling at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.