Canadian Forces Income Support

Household income
Household income is measured in accordance with relevant legislation and takes into consideration any taxable income and any government benefits such as Old Age Security

Suitable gainful employment
This is defined as an appropriate job or career based on your level of education, training or experience.

The Canadian Forces Income Support (CFIS) is a tax-free monthly benefit to help low-income CAF Veterans, survivors, and dependent children.

Do I qualify?


You may qualify if you have a low household income and:

  • you no longer qualify for the Earnings Loss Benefit; or
  • you are under age 65 and searching for suitable gainful employment.

Survivors and dependent children

You may qualify if:

  • you were in receipt of the Earnings Loss Benefit; or
  • your spouse/parent was in receipt of CFIS when they passed away.

How do I apply?

Your VAC case manager can assist you with your application.

If you do not have a case manager, the staff at any VAC office or Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) can assist you.

You can also fill out the application and mail it to us.


If you are registered for My VAC Account, you can apply online now. If you aren’t registered, why wait? Register today.

Important Note

You need to apply for the CFIS within six months following the end of your Earnings Loss Benefit.

Did you find what you were looking for?

You can also do a search or contact us at 1-866-522-2122 (toll-free) Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, local time.

Living outside of Canada?

Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, EST

United States 1-888-996-2242 (toll-free)
United Kingdom, Germany, France, or Belgium 00-800-996-22421 (toll-free)
Any other country 1-613-996-2242 (collect)

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