I am proud of my friend, Minister Seamus O’Regan and this governments’ commitment to Veterans in Canada. We’ve been working hard to restore and improve services for Canada’s Veterans since the past decade of Conservative closures and cuts.
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.
✔ 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.