Budget 2017 - Fact Sheet - Veteran Emergency Fund

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Implementation of all Budget 2017 initiatives is expected on April 1, 2018.


The Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment to provide emergency financial support for Veterans, their families and survivors.

The health and well-being of Veterans involves multiple factors that go well beyond the scope of traditional health services and benefits. The new fund would provide Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) with the flexibility needed to financially assist Veterans and their families quickly and efficiently in their time of urgent need.

This benefit is just one step the Government is taking to improve benefits and services offered to Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families.

Quick Facts

$4 million over four years to establish a Veteran Emergency Fund to enable Veterans Affairs Canada to address unique and urgent veteran-specific situations.

This new fund would provide the flexibility to address unique and urgent situations that a Veteran may be facing. When an urgent or unexpected need is not covered under existing programs and services, the Veteran Emergency Fund will be in place to ensure the overall well-being of Veterans and their families as a short-term support mechanism while other longer-term support arrangements are made.

This new fund would be available to any Canadian Veteran, or their spouse/common law partner, orphan or survivor living in Canada whose well-being is at risk as a result of an urgent or unexpected situation.

This new Fund would be put into place April 1, 2018.

Examples of who could benefit from this change:

Scenario 1:

Jenna, a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, has fallen on difficult financial times and her electricity has been turned off. She has been struggling to make ends meet and she does not have enough money to pay the amount owed and get her power restored. Jenna would be able to access the Veteran Emergency Fund in order to get the electricity back on in her house and VAC staff would guide Jenna through the process to receive on-going support via other programs and services to ensure her on-going well-being and financial security.

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