Highlights / Veterans Affairs Canada


Time to rethink mental-health rules for veterans’ families–ombudsman

Canada’s veterans ombudsman says the federal government needs to rethink restrictions that limit mental-health support for veterans’ families. In a report released Tuesday, Nishika Jardine, who was appointed last fall, suggests the new restrictions have harmed many veterans’ families–who face »

Health, Politics, Society

Dalton resigns as veterans ombudsman

Canada’s veterans ombudsman has resigned just 18 months after taking the job. Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the announcement yesterday, suggesting that Craig Dalton was leaving for another job. Dalton, who took over the job in November 2018, was »

Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Canada’s Métis get apology they’ve long sought for veterans’ treatment

In a packed Canadian Legion hall in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada’s minister of Veterans Affairs delivered the apology Canadian Métis have been waiting for for what seems to too many of them as forever. “We apologize,” Lawrence MacAuley told the gathering, »

Health, Society

More problems reported for Veterans assistance phone line

New figures obtained by Canadian Press show that nearly one in five veterans hangs up the phone before their call is answered by Veterans Affairs Canada’s toll-free information and assistance line. CP,  which obtained the figures through the access-to-information law, »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Many Canadian vets unhappy about relationship with Ottawa

When the Liberals swept to power in Canada’s 2015 federal election, a lot of people were excited. Not least among them were Canada’s veterans. Justin Trudeau went out of his way–or so it seemed–to court veterans with promises to improve »

Health, Society

Ottawa vows to repay short-changed disabled veterans

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 »

Health, Politics, Society

Ottawa says it will settle class-action suit with disabled veterans

Canada’s federal government has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a legal battle with disabled veterans. The veterans launched a class-action law suit four years ago after some of their financial benefits were clawed back. The proposed settlement, which »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Ombudsman delivers sharp criticism on wait-time decisions for veterans

Canada’s veterans ombudsman says too many veterans are waiting far too long to find out if they qualify for financial assistance or disability benefits for service-related injuries. And, Guy Parent says in a report, the whole process lacks transparency, a »

Economy, Health, International, Society

Subsidies for homeless veterans could be coming

Help may be on the way for former members of the Canadian military who are homeless or face the prospect of having no place to live. The Canadian Press news agency reports federal officials are prepared to recommend that Prime »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Failure to hire more veterans causing anger

It was hailed as a giant step forward in aid of Canada’s disabled veterans. Many Canadian veterans are still waiting for jobs they were promised. © Reuters The Veterans Hiring Act was passed by the Conservative government July 1, 2015. Canada »