Reopened nine Veterans Affairs offices closed by the former government, 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
There’s still more work to do:
Improving career and vocational assistance for Veterans through ensuring that job opportunities for returning Veterans are included in Community Benefits Agreements for new federally-funded infrastructure projects.
Creating a Centre of Excellence on PTSD that will provide specialized care in mental health for Veterans and establishing a second centre of excellence based on the area of greatest need.
Increasing the Veteran survivor’s pension amount from 50 percent to 70 percent.
Re-establishing lifelong pensions as an option for our injured Veterans.
Eliminating the “marriage after 60” claw-back clause, so that surviving spouses of Veterans receive appropriate pension and health benefit.