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Veterans Well-being Act (S.C. 2005, c. 21)

Act current to 2020-06-17 and last amended on 2019-07-05. Previous Versions

Purpose

Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of this Act is to recognize and fulfil the obligation of the people and Government of Canada to show just and due appreciation to members and veterans for their service to Canada. This obligation includes providing services, assistance and compensation to members and veterans who have been injured or have died as a result of military service and extends to their spouses or common-law partners or survivors and orphans. This Act shall be liberally interpreted so that the recognized obligation may be fulfilled.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 207

PART 1Career Transition Services

Marginal note:Eligibility

  •  (1) Subject to this section, the Minister may, on application, provide career transition services to

    • (a) a member who has completed basic training;

    • (b) a veteran who completed basic training and who was released from the Canadian Forces on or after April 1, 2006;

    • (c) a veteran who is entitled to a Canadian Forces income support benefit;

    • (d) a spouse or common-law partner of a veteran who completed basic training and who was released from the Canadian Forces on or after April 1, 2006;

    • (e) a survivor of a member who completed basic training and who died on or after April 1, 2006;

    • (f) a survivor of a veteran who completed basic training and who was released from the Canadian Forces on or after April 1, 2006; and

    • (g) a survivor who is entitled to a Canadian Forces income support benefit.

  • Marginal note:Limitation — member

    (2) Career transition services may be provided to a member only if the member resides in Canada and the Minister is satisfied that they require assistance in making the transition to the civilian labour force.

  • Marginal note:Limitation — veteran

    (3) Career transition services may be provided to a veteran only if

    • (a) the veteran resides in Canada;

    • (b) the Minister is satisfied that the veteran requires assistance in making the transition to the civilian labour force; and

    • (c) the veteran is not receiving rehabilitation services under Part 2.

  • Marginal note:Limitation — spouse, common-law partner or survivor

    (4) Career transition services may be provided to a spouse, common-law partner or survivor only if they reside in Canada and are not receiving rehabilitation services or vocational assistance under Part 2.

  • Marginal note:Period — spouse or common-law partner of veteran

    (5) A spouse or common-law partner of a veteran who completed basic training and who was released from the Canadian Forces on or after April 1, 2006 may receive career transition services until the later of

    • (a) March 31, 2020, and

    • (b) the second anniversary of the day on which the veteran was released.

  • 2005, c. 21, s. 3
  • 2011, c. 12, s. 3
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 272
  • 2018, c. 12, s. 124

Marginal note:Assessment of needs

  •  (1) The Minister shall, on approving an application made under section 3, assess the needs of the member, veteran, spouse, common-law partner or survivor with respect to the career transition services that may be provided to them under this Part.

  • Marginal note:Career transition plan

    (2) The Minister may develop and implement a career transition plan to address the needs that are identified in the assessment.

  • Marginal note:Development of plan

    (3) In developing a career transition plan, the Minister shall have regard to any prescribed principles.

  • 2005, c. 21, s. 4
  • 2011, c. 12, s. 4
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 273

Marginal note:Suspend or cancel

 The Minister may, in the prescribed circumstances, suspend or cancel the provision of career transition services to a person under this Part.

  • 2005, c. 21, s. 5
  • 2011, c. 12, s. 5
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 274

Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may make regulations

  • (a) respecting the career transition services that may be provided under this Part; and

  • (b) defining residence and defining intervals of absence from Canada that shall be deemed not to have interrupted residence in Canada for the purposes of subsections 3(2) to (4).

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 274

PART 1.1Education and Training Benefit

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Part.

regular force

regular force has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the National Defence Act. (force régulière)

reserve force

reserve force has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the National Defence Act. (force de réserve)

Supplementary Reserve

Supplementary Reserve has the meaning assigned by article 2.034 of the Queen’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Forces. (Réserve supplémentaire)

veteran

veteran means a former member or a member of the Supplementary Reserve. (vétéran)

  • 2019, c. 29, s. 318

Marginal note:Eligibility — veterans

  •  (1) The Minister may, on application, pay an education and training benefit to a veteran in accordance with section 5.3 or 5.5 if the veteran

    • (a) served for a total of at least six years in the regular force, in the reserve force or in both; and

    • (b) was honourably released from the Canadian Forces on or after April 1, 2006 or was transferred from the regular force or another subcomponent of the reserve force to the Supplementary Reserve on or after that date.

  • Marginal note:Maximum cumulative amount

    (2) The maximum cumulative amount that the Minister may pay to a veteran is $40,000 or, if the veteran served for a total of at least 12 years in the regular force, in the reserve force or in both, $80,000.

  • (3) [Repealed, 2019, c. 29, s. 319]

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 274
  • 2019, c. 29, s. 319

Marginal note:Course of study at educational institution

  •  (1) An education and training benefit may be paid to a veteran entitled to a benefit under this Part in respect of

    • (a) education or training received from an educational institution as part of a course of study leading to the completion of a degree, diploma, certification or designation; and

    • (b) any expenses, including living expenses, that may be incurred by the veteran while enrolled at the institution.

  • Marginal note:Request for payment

    (2) A veteran requesting payment in respect of education or training described in paragraph (1)(a) shall provide the Minister with proof of acceptance, enrolment or registration at the institution for an upcoming period of study and with any prescribed information.

  • Marginal note:Additional information

    (3) The Minister may request that the veteran provide the Minister with additional information for the purpose of making the determination under subsection (4).

  • Marginal note:Minister’s determination

    (4) On being provided with the proof and information, the Minister shall, if he or she is satisfied that the requested payment may be made to the veteran, determine

    • (a) the amount of the payment;

    • (b) the period of study to which that amount is allocated; and

    • (c) the day on which the payment is to be made.

  • Marginal note:Payment day

    (5) The day on which the payment is to be made must be no earlier than the 60th day before

    • (a) the day on which fees for the education or training are due to be paid to the institution in respect of the period of study; or

    • (b) the day on which the period of study begins, if the institution fixes no day on which the fees are due.

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 274
 
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