Day: March 18, 2021

VAC advised to expect a surge in backlogged claims
News, Our Veterans

VAC advised to expect a surge in backlogged claims

Veterans Affairs Canada has been advised to brace for a deluge of new disability benefit applications after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.    The pandemic caused a 44 per cent reduction in applications for benefits but “there is every indication…that as soon as Canadians’ lives return to some semblance of normalcy, the number of applications will increase,” said the December report by the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA).  The first of 15 recommendations in the report on VAC’s backlog of disability claims advises that planning should begin immediately “for a potential influx of benefit applications delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” For years, applications have come in faster than VAC could clear them, due to changes and expansion of benefits, growing awareness o...
Sexual misconduct settlement claims deadline is Nov. 24
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Sexual misconduct settlement claims deadline is Nov. 24

Survivors of military sexual misconduct have until Nov. 24 to make a claim under the $900-million Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence sexual misconduct class-action settlement.     The settlement was approved by the Federal Court in 2019 in response to class actions filed by seven former CAF members for current and former members and civilian employees of CAF and DND. Settlements are available to members and employees who experienced sexual misconduct up to Nov. 25, 2019. That misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination on the grounds of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.  “We encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to visit the settlement website,” said Tim Kerr, director of DND’s litigation implementatio...

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