List of all benefits

  • Disability benefits

    Compensation for a permanent illness or injury related to your service.
    By receiving Disability benefits the service member may qualify for:
    • Treatment benefits
    • Career Impact Allowance
    • Caregiver Recognition Benefit
    • Veterans Independence Program
    • Attendance allowance
    • Clothing allowance
    • Exceptional incapacity allowance
    Additionally, family members may qualify for:
  • Rehabilitation services

    Services to improve your health and adjust to life after service.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • physiotherapy
    • chiropractor
    • massage therapy
    By receiving Rehabilitation services the service member may qualify for:
    Additionally, family members may qualify for:
  • Transition interview

    Meet with a Veterans Affairs employee before you release to see what we can do for you.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • advice on applications
    • information about benefits
    • referrals
  • You need to be approved for Disability benefits or War Veterans Allowance before applying for Treatment benefits.

    Treatment benefits

    Coverage for medical and health related services.
    Some examples of what this program may cover:
    • counselling and therapy
    • health-related travel
    • hearing aids
    • medications
    • physiotherapy
    • wheelchairs
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Assistance Service

    Get support right now from a mental health professional by calling 1-800-268-7708.
  • Veterans Emergency Fund

    Quick access to funds for urgent needs such as food, shelter or medical expenses.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • clothing
    • expenses required to maintain safety and shelter
    • food
    • medical care and expenses
    • rent, mortgage
  • You need to be approved for War Veterans Allowance before applying for Assistance Fund .

    Assistance Fund

    Quick access to funds for urgent needs such as food, shelter or medical expenses.
  • Canadian Forces Income Support

    Monthly payments if you have low or no income.
  • You need to be approved for Disability benefits before applying for Career Impact Allowance.

    Career Impact Allowance

    Monthly payments if your career options are limited due to your service-related injury.
  • Career Transition Services

    Access to a career counselor if you want to find a new job.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • resume writing and interview prep
    • career coaching
    • job-search assistance
  • You need to be approved for Disability benefits before applying for Caregiver Recognition Benefit.

    Caregiver Recognition Benefit

    Monthly payments for the unpaid caregiver of an ill or injured Veteran with significant care needs.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • $1000 tax free (monthly)
    • recognition for care to Veteran
  • Case management

    A case manager can help you set goals and find the services you need to overcome a challenge in your life.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • a plan to achieve your goals
    • referrals to services you need
    • ongoing support in difficult situations
  • Critical Injury Benefit

    A one-time payment if you are suddenly and traumatically injured while serving.
    Some examples of what could cause this type of injury include:
    • motor vehicle accidents
    • explosions
    • gunshot wounds
    • exposure to toxic or infectious agents
  • You need to be approved for Rehabilitation services before applying for Earnings Loss Benefit.

    Earnings Loss Benefit

    Monthly payments to maintain your income while you are in the rehabilitation program.
  • Education and Training Benefit

    A grant to help you achieve your education and career goals after your military career.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • a new trade
    • books
    • course materials
    • university courses
    • living expenses
  • Funeral and burial assistance

    A reimbursement of costs to ensure Veterans have a dignified funeral and burial.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • burial services
    • funeral home costs
    • funeral services
    • grave marker
    • money for casket or urn
  • Jobs in the federal government

    You get priority when applying for jobs in the federal government.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • interview prep and coaching
    • resume and cover letter writing
  • LifeSpeak

    A self-help website with videos and information about mental health, nutrition and other issues that matter to you.
    Here are a few topics that are covered on LifeSpeak:
    • fitness
    • nutrition
    • parenting
    • suicide
    • mental health
  • Long-term care

    Financial support for nursing homes or long term care.
  • You need a referral from a case manager to visit the clinic.

    Operational stress injury (OSI) clinics

    A clinic that assesses and treats mental health issues related to your service.
    The clinics provide individual as well as group therapy sessions for:
    • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • mental health
    • anxiety
    • insomnia
  • You need to be approved for Earnings Loss Benefit before applying for Retirement Income Security Benefit.

    Retirement Income Security Benefit

    Monthly payments that replace the Earnings Loss Benefit at retirement (age 65).
  • You need to be approved for Earnings Loss Benefit before applying for Supplementary Retirement Benefit.

    Supplementary Retirement Benefit

    One-time payment if you're receiving Earnings Loss Benefit at age 65 on a long-term basis.
  • Veteran Family Program

    Continued access to services from Military Family Resource Centres to help you and your family adjust to life after the military.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • financial planning workshops
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • referral to community programs and services
  • Veterans Independence Program

    Payments for home and health care services that you need to remain independent at home.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • grass cutting
    • grounds keeping
    • help with errands (ex. grocery shopping)
    • housekeeping
    • installation of ramps or railings
    • meal preparation or delivery
    • personal care
    • snow removal
    By receiving Veterans Independence Program the service member may qualify for:
  • Vocational rehabilitation

    Coaching, support and any other training you need to return to work or find a new job after an injury.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • financial support for education and training (such as tuition or textbooks)
    • work site modifications
    • resume writing and interview prep
    • career coaching
    • job-search assistance
  • You need to be approved for Disability benefits before applying for Attendance allowance.

    Attendance allowance

    Monthly payments if you need help with daily tasks because of your health needs.
    Some examples of daily tasks that you may need help with:
    • personal hygiene (bathing or showering)
    • meal preparation
    • getting dressed
    • managing medication
  • Caregiver Zone

    An online community for caregivers who want to share their story, ask questions or learn more about caregiving.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • connect with other caregivers
    • find resources that may help you
    • read articles and posts about caregiving
    • talk to a Caregiver Coach
  • You need to be approved for Disability benefits before applying for Clothing allowance.

    Clothing allowance

    Monthly payments if you need to replace worn out clothes or have clothes made because of your disability.
    Some examples of what this benefit is used for:
    • bed linens
    • clothing alterations
  • Community Engagement Fund

    A fund for community projects and events that honour Canadian Veterans.
  • Community War Memorial Fund

    A fund for the construction, restoration or expansion of war memorials.
  • Death Benefit

    Lump-sum compensation for the family of a member whose death was a result of their service.
  • Detention benefit

    A one-time payment if you were detained by an enemy, opposing force or group carrying out a terrorist activity.
  • Earnings Loss Benefit for survivors or children

    Monthly payments if your spouse or parent's death was a result of their military service.
  • You should apply if your parent’s death was a result of their service or if they were approved for Disability benefits.

    Educational assistance for children

    Payment(s) to cover the cost of tuition and other expenses.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • living expenses
    • supplies and equipment
    • tuition and books
  • You need to be approved for Disability benefits before applying for Exceptional incapacity allowance.

    Exceptional incapacity allowance

    Monthly payments if your illness or injury is severe and impacts your quality of life.
    Some examples why other Veterans receive this benefit:
    • dependent on others
    • ongoing pain and discomfort
    • shortened lifespan
  • Family peer support (Operational Stress Injury Social Support)

    Peer support for the families of Veterans living with mental health issues.
    Some examples of common mental health issues are:
    • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • anxiety disorders
    • depression
    • substance use disorders
  • Grave marker maintenance

    Maintenance of all markers and grave sites paid for by the Government of Canada.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • cleaning
    • realignment
    • replacement
  • Group Health Insurance

    Health coverage for you and your family through the Public Service Health Care Plan.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • prescriptions
    • treatment services
  • Pastoral outreach

    Spiritual support when you need it.
    You may be interested in pastoral support if you are:
    • dealing with end of life
    • coping with death
    • going through a difficult time
    • releasing from the military
  • Peer support (OSISS)

    Talk to someone who has lived with mental health issues and can offer support.
    Some examples of common mental health issues are:
    • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • anxiety disorders
    • depression
    • substance use disorders
  • Prisoner of War Compensation

    Monthly compensation if you were taken prisoner or detained by enemy forces.
  • Survivor's pension

    Continue to receive your spouse's disability pension for one year after their death.
  • Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund

    A fund for research, projects or initiatives that improve the well-being of Veterans and their families.
  • Veterans Independence Program for primary caregivers

    Payment for yard and housekeeping services to help you stay in your home.
  • Veterans Independence Program for survivors

    Payment for yard and housekeeping services to help you stay in your home.
  • You need to be approved for Rehabilitation services before applying for Vocational assistance.

    Vocational assistance

    Coaching, support and any other training you need to return to work or find a new job after an injury.
    Some examples of what this program may provide:
    • financial support for education and training (such as tuition or textbooks)
    • work site modifications
    • resume writing and interview prep
    • career coaching
    • job-search assistance
  • War Veterans Allowance

    Monthly payments if you have low or no income.
    By receiving War Veterans Allowance the service member may qualify for:
    Additionally, family members may qualify for: