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Department of Veterans Affairs Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. V-1)

Act current to 2022-11-16 and last amended on 2020-07-27. Previous Versions

Information

Marginal note:Forms

 Every application or other document required or permitted by the regulations, or by any enactment incorporating the regulations by reference, must be made or given in the form required by the Minister.

  • 2000, c. 34, s. 16

Marginal note:Definition of personal information

 In sections 6.5 to 6.9, personal information has the same meaning as in section 3 of the Privacy Act.

  • 2000, c. 34, s. 16

Marginal note:Combining information

 The Minister may combine in any single document, and in any electronic form, the collection of personal information required for the purposes of this Act, the regulations, and other enactments administered by the Minister.

  • 2000, c. 34, s. 16

Marginal note:Information that shall be made available to Minister

 The following personal information relating to a person referred to in subparagraph 4(a)(i) shall, if requested by the Minister, be made available to the Minister for the purpose of determining or verifying the service or medical history of the person in order to determine eligibility for a benefit under the regulations or under any enactment incorporating the regulations by reference:

  • (a) personal information collected or obtained by the Department of National Defence in the administration of the National Defence Act or the Queen’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Forces, or any predecessor enactment relating to the same subject-matter;

  • (b) personal information collected or obtained by the Department of Transport in the administration of the Aeronautics Act or the Canada Shipping Act, or any predecessor enactment relating to the same subject-matter;

  • (c) personal information collected or obtained by the Department of Indigenous Services in the administration of the Indian Act, or any predecessor enactment relating to the same subject-matter; and

  • (d) personal information collected or obtained by the Library and Archives of Canada in the administration of the Library and Archives of Canada Act, or any predecessor enactment relating to the same subject-matter.

Marginal note:Information that Minister may disclose

 Personal information that has been collected or obtained by the Minister in the administration of this Act, the regulations, or any enactment incorporating this Act or the regulations by reference, may be disclosed by the Minister

  • (a) to any person or body, to the extent that the disclosure is necessary in order for the Minister to obtain from that person or body information that the Minister requires for the administration of this Act, the regulations, or any other enactment administered by the Minister;

  • (b) to any officer or employee of the Department, to the extent that the disclosure is required for the administration of this Act, the regulations, or any other enactment administered by the Minister;

  • (c) to any person or body, to the extent that the disclosure is required for the purpose of obtaining a payment due to Canada by

    • (i) the United Nations, or

    • (ii) another international organization or another country, pursuant to an international agreement;

  • (d) to the Department of Employment and Social Development, to the extent that the disclosure is required for the administration of the Old Age Security Act or the Canada Pension Plan;

  • (e) to the Correctional Service of Canada, to the extent that the disclosure is required for the administration of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act; and

  • (f) to the Department of Employment and Social Development or an official of the Canada Revenue Agency, to the extent that the disclosure is required for the administration of a program to provide a one-time payment to persons with disabilities for reasons related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).‍

  • 2000, c. 34, s. 16
  • 2005, c. 35, s. 66
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 695
  • 2013, c. 40, s. 237
  • 2020, c. 11, s. 6

Marginal note:Disclosure in legal proceedings

 Notwithstanding any other Act or law, no member of the federal public administration shall be required to disclose personal information that has been collected or obtained for the purposes of this Act, the regulations, or any enactment incorporating this Act or the regulations by reference, in any legal proceedings, except

  • (a) criminal proceedings; or

  • (b) proceedings on a review, appeal, reconsideration or judicial review relating to an application made under this Act, the regulations, or any enactment incorporating this Act or the regulations by reference.

  • 2000, c. 34, s. 16
  • 2003, c. 22, s. 224(E)

Marginal note:Social Insurance Numbers

 If a Social Insurance Number has been used to identify the service or medical records of a person referred to in paragraph 4(a), the minister or other authority having custody of those records and the Minister may use the Social Insurance Number for the purpose of making available those records.

  • 2000, c. 34, s. 16

Annual Report

Marginal note:Annual report

 The Minister shall cause to be laid before each House of Parliament, not later than the fifth sitting day of that House after January 31 next following the end of each fiscal year, a report showing the operations of the Department for that fiscal year.

  • R.S., 1985, c. V-1, s. 7
  • 1992, c. 1, s. 140
 
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