The federal government has confirmed a CBC News report that more than 270,000 former Canadian soldiers have been short-changed because of an accounting error worth at least $165 million.
Minister of Veterans Affairs Seamus O’Regan says all the veterans, their spouses or their estates will be compensated, but those payments are unlikely to begin before 2020 because of the large number of veterans affected.
Most of the veterans were short-changed several hundred dollars.
However, some losses are in the thousands.
When examining VAC’s worksheets, Veterans Affairs said, the OVO noticed that from 2003 to 2010 the provincial basic tax credit was not factored into the calculation of provincial income tax as it was supposed to be, resulting in lower payments for Veterans.
As many as 120,000 of the affected veterans have died, but a spokesperson for O’Regan says their survivors and estates will still be eligible.
The announcement comes the same day the opposition New Democratic Party tabled a motion in the House of Commons aimed at pressuring the Liberals to spend $372 million earmarked for veterans that has never been spent and it just the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between Ottawa and veterans.
MPs are scheduled to vote on the measure Tuesday.
Canadians celebrate Remembrance Day this Sunday, Nov. 11.
With files from CBC, CTV, Huffington Post, CP, Veterans Affairs Canada