The Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act known as the
New Veterans Charter (NVC). THE NVC came into force 01 April 2006 and applies to all CF personnel medically released from that date.
The New Veterans Charter's programs and services can be summed up in one word: "wellness." They offer:
* one-on-one case management;
* financial benefits;
* group health insurance;
* job placement assistance;
* the lump-sum Disability Award and other allowances; and
* support to families.
Are you eligible for the New Veteran Charter (NVC)?
Use VAC's screening tool as
per the linked image below to view/download the pdf file.
Are you eligible as a CF veteran, making a claim on or after 01 April 2006, for the NVC?
Applicable to CF veterans making a claim on or after 01 April 2006. Client Screening - Are you eligible for the NVC?
NVC info may be found at...
Dept of Justice - Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act website.
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roll out plans to return lifetime pensions for veterans
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Published: 18 Jan 2018
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WINDSOR, N.S. — Changes announced in December to Canada's veteran pension plan
will better serve those who are ill or have been injured due to service, says
the minister in charge of rolling out the new program.
“The idea is to look after each and every veteran,” said Veteran Affairs
Minister Seamus O'Regan in a sit down interview in Windsor.
“In this case, we're talking about those who are ill and injured as a result of
their service to this country and we want to do right by them and their
families. I believe that this will,” said O'Regan.
The Liberal government unveiled its Pension for Life for Veterans plan on Dec.
O'Regan, who visited Windsor Jan. 16, 2018 with Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison,
said the plan will replace the 2006 New Veterans Charter, which had been
developed to address the shortcomings of the 1919 Pension Act.
The New Veterans Charter “was meant to be a living document — it was meant to be
something that would grow as we had a better understanding of what we're dealing
with and the needs of veterans. It didn't under the previous government. It was
more or less left dormant and it wasn't funded properly,” said O'Regan.
“When we ran as a party a couple years back, we ran on a promise that we would
make changes,” he said of the Liberal's 2015 campaign promise. “One of the most
significant changes was to get rid of a lump sum payment that had been given out
under the New Veterans Charter.”
The new pension-for-life plan offers tax-free pain and suffering financial
compensation with a maximum combined monthly amount of $2,650 for veterans “most
severely disabled with barriers to re-establishment,” plus taxable income
replacement for veterans experiencing issues returning to work following
military service. Payments will be determined on a case by case basis.
The veterans who received lump sum payments under the New Veterans Charter will
also be reassessed and may be eligible for an additional monthly amount.
Hants County's Rick Folker, who spent 30 years with the Royal Canadian Navy, was
at the Royal Canadian Legion when O'Regan and Brison stopped by.
While he said it's too soon to have an opinion on the government's new plan, he
feels it's bound to be better than what was in place.
“The lump sum, really, you're not given that much and it's supposed to last you
forever. When you have a pension for life, you can plan your life that way. You
know what you're getting,” he said, adding he'll reserve further comment until
he learns more about it.
Brison said the lump sum payment wasn't an ideal situation and is pleased to see
the federal government making meaningful changes.
“When they get a lump sum payment, they're at a very vulnerable state. The idea
of giving somebody a lump sum payment and cutting them off, that's a recipe
for... big problems,” said Brison.
“The big thing, right now, is fixing the pension for life issue. That was a
clear commitment by our prime minister and one that Seamus, very early in his
mandate as minister, is delivering on,” said Brison, who serves in Justin
Trudeau's cabinet as the president of the Treasury Board.
“That's a really significant improvement over a lump sum payment that can leave
veterans high and dry and without that safety net of an ongoing payment,” Brison
O'Regan said the lump sum payment will remain an option, but the Department of
Veteran Affairs will be promoting the monthly plan.
“(For) the bulk of the people that we deal with in terms of ill or injured
veterans... it's hearing loss and bad knees. In which case, the lump sum is a
more modest amount and you'd rather have it all up front. You might take it that
way,” said O'Regan.
For veterans wondering what the best option is, O'Regan said the government will
provide up to $500 for them to hire an accountant.
“I feel strongly about what we're doing. We've kept our word to veterans by
coming forward with a monthly pension for life and that's extremely important,”
he said, acknowledging that not everyone will be satisfied with the plan.
“This government wanted to propose something that we could look a veteran in the
eye and shake their hand and keep our word,” said O'Regan. “We've sweated the
details and we will continue to sweat the details because they're important.”
The plan is due to roll out April 1, 2019.
To learn more, visit http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/pension-for-life.
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