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March 28, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Veterans Affairs Canada

Today Minister Fantino is pleased to announce that thousands of Canadian Veterans will receive additional support as a result of Economic Action Plan 2014.

The Government of Canada is taking steps to provide eligible Veterans, survivors or dependents with voluntary compensation for Earnings Loss (EL), Canadian Forces Income Support (CFIS) and War Veterans Allowance (WVA) benefits dating back to May 29, 2012. This measure is meant to cover the gap between the Government's decision to end the disability pension offset and the day the decision came into effect.

Changes to the way Earnings Loss and Canadian Forces Income Support benefits are calculated came into effect on October 1, 2012, and a similar change to the War Veterans Allowance calculation came into effect on October 1, 2013, at a total cost of $273.1 million over five years. These voluntary changes also mean improved services for Canadian Veterans, including approximately 560 additional Veterans now having access to the Veterans Independence Program for snow clearing, grass cutting and home cleaning services.

The compensation announced today will be made through a one-time payment to more than 5,000 eligible individuals, including Veterans, survivors or dependents. The Department is beginning the work necessary to implement these changes, which are subject to parliamentary approval of the Budget Implementation Act 2014.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is committing $19.9 million to compensate eligible Earnings Loss Benefit (EL), Canadian Forces Income Support (CFIS) and War Veterans Allowance (WVA) applicants and recipients for Disability Pension offsets, between May 29, 2012, and the day before Veterans Affairs Canada ceased offsetting the Disability Pension for each of those benefits.
  • More than 5,000 Veterans, survivors or dependents will benefit from this one-time compensatory payment.
  • Changes to the way Earnings Loss and Canadian Forces Income Support benefits are calculated came into effect on October 1, 2012, and a similar change to the War Veterans Allowance calculation came into effect on October 1, 2013, at a total cost of $273.1 million over five years.
  • As a result of the changes made to War Veterans Allowance calculations on October 1, 2013, approximately:
    • 560 additional Veterans now have access to Veterans Independence Program services (their survivors will also be eligible for VIP housekeeping and grounds maintenance benefits in the future, if needed);
    • 460 additional Veterans have become eligible for treatment benefits; and
    • 2,050 Veterans now pay less for the cost of their long term care accommodation and meals.

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“The Harper Government is committed to supporting Canada’s Veterans and their families, and providing them with the respect and care they deserve. I am pleased that we are taking the action necessary to ensure the appropriate support for Veterans remains up-to-date.”
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs

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