A flurry of announcements
Hot on the heels of his January appointment as Minister of Veterans Affairs, Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, Ont., has made a series of announcements that appear to be aimed at fixing some of the more egregious gaps and controversies plaguing Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the New Veterans Charter. Just in time for a federal election call.
The announcements, pending parliamentary approval, expand support for seriously disabled veterans, reservists and veterans’ families. At press time, the announcements included:
a new Retirement Income Security Benefit for moderately to severely disabled veterans and their families. This would provide a monthly payment to such veterans beginning at age 65, taking over from the Earnings Loss (EL) Benefit,...