Press and Media Releases


Betrayal of a Commitment to Canada’s Veterans’ Community
by Brian N. Forbes, Chair of the National Council of Veteran Associations and Executive Chair, The War Amps

Posted on October 9, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently dismissed the Equitas class action lawsuit, thereby closing the door on the legal claim initiated against the federal government on behalf of Canada’s disabled veterans’ community.

The determined and courageous class action representatives were essentially seeking a court order compelling the government/Veterans Affairs Canada to address the financial disparity between disability benefits awarded pursuant to the traditional Pension Act and those benefits granted under the New Veterans Charter (now known as the Veterans Well-being Act).

Notwithstanding the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision, the battle continues, as the dispute has moved from the legal jurisdiction to the political arena in order to achieve a resolution to this longstanding concern...

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Press Release/ OP-ED by Brian Forbes

Posted on February 21, 2018

Veterans Affairs Minister is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts/Government plan for lifelong pensions under New Veterans Charter fails to live up to Prime Minister’s commitment to Canada’s veterans.

Minister Seamus O’Regan is entitled to his own opinion but he is not entitled to his own facts. The Minister has suggested in his recent letter to the Hill Times and in public statements that no real financial disparity will exist between compensation paid to seriously disabled veterans under the Pension Act and the New Veterans Charter once his proposals, announced on December 20, 2017, take effect in April 2019. He has concluded in his analysis that only a $50.00 a month discrepancy will arise when comparing benefits under each statutory program.

With all due respect, the Minister is badly misinformed in this regard. A realistic comparison on an “apples to apples” basis reveals that a “significant disparity” will indeed continue to exist. It is essential in this context to recognize that the actual maximum amounts of compensation under each statutory regime will be as follows...

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The Sandbag Times

Women in Combat- Women in our Armed Forces taking on a bigger role on the front line


Canadian Coalition for Retirement Security calls for pension

Ottawa, ON (August 4, 2015) - Today, the Canadian Coalition for Retirement Security - comprised of 22 organizations and representing nearly six million working and retired  Canadians - announced its campaign to push for legislation to protect the earned pension benefits of public and private sector employees and retirees.

Click here to read the media release.


Honour your Promise/Respectez Votre Promesse 

Canadians should know they have a say. Share this page and our posts with friends - and go to www.honouryourpromise.ca to learn more, connect more, and share more.

Les Canadiens doivent savoir qu'ils ont leur mot à dire. Partagez cette page et nos publications avec vos amis - et visitez le site www.respectezvotrepromesse.ca pour en savoir plus, participer et communiquer le message.


SUBMISSION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS RE: STATUTORY AMENDMENTS TO THE NEW VETERANS CHARTER/THE SUPPORT FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES ACT
The National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada, May 2015

Click here to read the NCVA's 2015 Submission to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.


Agent Orange Update- Follow up from Issues 15 & 19

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Veterans Affairs Canada

News Release
September 10,2014

Minister of Veterans Affairs Announces New National Tribute to Mark 75th Anniversary of Canada’s Engagement in the Second World War

Ceremonies across the country honouring SWW Canadian Veterans

September 10, 2014 – Vancouver – Veterans Affairs Canada

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced a new national tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of Canada ’s engagement in the Second World War and the extraordinary role Canadians played in the Allied victory. Beginning today, all living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War are eligible to receive a limited-edition commemorative lapel pin and a personalized certificate of recognition.

The first presentations will take place later today at ceremonies to be held in Halifax , Québec City , Ottawa , Edmonton and Vancouver .

The design of the commemorative pin and the illustration on the certificate are based on the original “Victory Nickel” which features a flaming torch and a large ‘V’ standing both for victory and the coin’s denomination. The coin was originally in circulation from 1943 to 1945, and was re-issued in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

Quick Facts

  • The Second World War marked the first time Canada declared war of its own accord. Though Britain and France declared war on September 3, 1939, King George VI would not announce Canada ’s entry until September 10, 1939, following approval during a special session of our country's Parliament.
  • With a population of some 11 million in 1939, Canada ’s contribution to the Second World War was disproportionately large. From 1939 to 1945, more than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served, with more than 55,000 wounded and over 45,000 giving their lives.
  • It is estimated that there are approximately 80,000 Canadian Second World War Veterans alive today.
  • Canadians who served at least one day with the Canadian forces or with any other Allied force, including the Canadian or British Merchant Navy, either home or abroad, during the Second World War are eligible to apply for the commemorative lapel pin and certificate. Request forms are available online at veterans.gc.ca, and by calling Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) at 1-866-522-2122.
  • Today’s ceremonies were held in conjunction with Canada ’s World Wars Commemoration period, which was launched last month to mark the Centennial of the First World War. Between now and 2020, the Government of Canada will organize and support events and initiatives that pay homage to the many Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served during the World Wars and will recognize the enduring legacy of these historical events on the Canada we enjoy today.

Quote

  • “As Canadians, we have a responsibility to reflect upon our country’s past, and remember those who served to protect the values that we cherish so dearly today. Our government is honoured to pay tribute to Canada ’s Veterans of the Second World War by presenting them with these pins and certificates as symbols of our country’s enduring pride and gratitude.”

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs 

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Contacts

Barbara Mottram

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs

613-996-4649

 

Media Relations

Veterans Affairs Canada

613-992-7468

 


Mock Consultation: How Government Subjects Veterans to an Ugly Political Game

March 11, 2014

 

For 50 years, veterans have largely permitted government to choose the game, dictate the rules, rig the arena, and select the players on the veterans’ team. If veterans allow this to continue, they...More >>


A national strategy needed for 700,000 veterans

January 16, 2014

English


Government of Canada Cutting Red Tape for Seriously Disabled Veterans

December 13, 2013

English


War Amps Commends Gov't For Implementing Recommendations Of The Association's Task Force Report to Cut Red Tape For Seriously Disabled Veterans

December 13, 2013

English


War Amps To Partner With Department of National Defence In Assisting Amputee Soldiers

November 27, 2013

English

 

War Amps & Department of National Defence Memorandum Of Understanding
Questions and Answers - English


Government position on wounded soldiers inhumane

October 15, 2013

English


Government’s Failure to Implement Plan of Action on Reforming New Veterans Charter Violates Social Covenant Owed to Canadian Veterans and Their Families

October 3, 2013

English/French


Veterans traveling to Ottawa to oppose cuts to frontline services

 October 2, 2013

Tune into a live webcast to hear what they have to say

Canada’s veterans will be in Ottawa Thursday, October 3rd to talk about why the federal government must not close Veterans Affairs offices they rely on.

The office in Prince George has already been shut down and the government says that by February, offices in Corner Brook, Charlottetown, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon, Saskatoon and Kelowna will be closing their doors to veterans too.

These are the offices that both traditional and younger veterans – including those with serious physical and mental disabilities – depend on for face-to-face frontline services. If the Sydney, Cape Breton office closes, for example, approximately 4,200 veterans and their family members will be forced to drive seven and a half hours to Halifax for frontline services. Many say they can’t because of their age or ailments.

PSAC’s members include the workers at Veterans Affairs who provide these frontline services. These workers – who are speaking at this event too – are worried about what will happen to their clients.

Tune in to hear why veterans and PSAC members say the government should reverse its decision to shut down these offices and to find out how you can help. You can start by sharing the YouTube video being launched at the event. 

WATCH THE LAUNCH LIVE at 11:00 am EST on Thursday, October 3.

www.psac.com/webcast

Share this event on Facebook, Twitter and through all of your networks.

Help veterans stop the closures!

 

 


 

Suppression des services de première ligne : d’anciens combattants se mobilisent

Écoutez en direct la webémission pour entendre leurs témoignages.

D’anciens combattants canadiens se réuniront à Ottawa le jeudi 3 octobre. Leur mission : expliquer pourquoi le gouvernement ne doit pas fermer les bureaux du ministère des Anciens Combattants, qui sont essentiels pour eux.

Le gouvernement a déjà mis la clé dans la porte du bureau de Prince George et compte en faire autant d’ici février avec les bureaux de Corner Brook, Charlottetown, Saskatoon, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon et Kelowna.

Ces bureaux offrent des services de première ligne aux anciens combattants, jeunes et moins jeunes, certains ayant des incapacités physiques ou mentales. Par exemple, si le bureau de Sydney, au Cap-Breton, fermait, quelque 4 200 anciens combattants et leur famille seraient forcés de conduire pendant sept heures et demie pour se rendre au bureau de Halifax afin d’obtenir des services de première ligne. Et plusieurs en sont incapables, que ce soit en raison de leur âge ou de problèmes de santé.

Les travailleuses et les travailleurs qui offrent ces services de première ligne sont des membres de l’AFPC. Et ils sont très inquiets du sort réservé à leurs clients. Ils se feront d’ailleurs entendre à cet événement.

Branchez-vous pour entendre les témoignages d’anciens combattants et de membres de l’AFPC, qui demandent au gouvernement de revenir sur sa décision de fermer ces bureaux. Et vous pouvez les aider! D’abord en partageant la vidéo YouTube qui sera lancée lors de l’événement. 

ASSISTEZ EN DIRECT AU LANCEMENT, à 11 h HNE, le jeudi 3 octobre.  

http://www.psac-afpc.com/webdiffusion/

Soyez nombreux à partager cet événement sur Facebook, Twitter et dans tous vos réseaux.

Aidez les anciens combattants à mettre fin à ces fermetures!

 

 


Free B&B accommodations on Rememberance Day to honour vets and military personnel.
September 20, 2013

See press release:

 

English

French


Federal retirees ready to challenge cuts to benefits - (Kathryn May, Ottawa Citizen, September 15, 2013)

English

 

PS unions brace for tough, divisive bargaining -  (Kathryn May, Ottawa Citizen, September 15, 2013)

September 20, 2013

English


Canada’s Duty to Veterans by National Council of Veterans Associations in Canada - (Letter to the Editor, Ottawa Citizen)

English 

In Response to:

 

Paul Robinson, OpED “There is no ‘sacred duty’ to Canada’s Veterans (Ottawa Citizen August 5, 2013

English

 

August 13, 2013


 

ACTION ON HOMELESS VETERANS NEEDED NOW: NDP / LE NPD PRESSE LES CONSERVATEURS D'AGIR POUR AIDER LES ANCIENS COMBATTANTS SANS ABRI

August 2, 2013

English| Français


Government Restores Historical Identity of Canadian Army

July 19, 2013

English


Canadian Forces Pension Plans

July 11, 2013

CFS report to Parliament 2013 | English | Français


Hommage aux gardiens de la paix canadiens / Tribute to Canadian Peacekeepers

Français


The Official Celebration of the National Peacekeepers' Day in Quebec / Célébration officielle de la journée des gardiens de la paix au Québec

English | Français


First edition of the NEW Defence Connexion e-newsletter!

Click here (Bilingual).


Ex-vertans Ombudsman Treated for Post Traumatic Stress

Click here.


Supreme Court rules against pension surplus.

English | Français


Update from John Larlee, Chair of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, Président, Tribunal des anciens combattants (revision et appel)

Click here / Cliquez ici


Harper Government and Corporate Canada Partnering to Offer Job Opportunities to Veterans

Press Release

Backgrounder


Veterans Ombudsman Releases New Report - L'ombudsman des vétérans publie un nouveau rapport

English

French


A Message from Peter Stoffer MP on veterans concerns

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