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House Government Bill
41st Parliament, 2nd Session
October 16, 2013 - August 2, 2015
Text of the Bill
C-58
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An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act
Short Title
Support for Veterans and Their Families Act
Last Stage Completed
Introduction and First Reading in the House of Commons (2015-03-30)
Progress: Introduction and First Reading in the House of Commons
 
Legislative Summary
The pre-release version of this Legislative Summary is now available. Parliamentarians and their staff can obtain a copy by submitting a request or contacting the Library of Parliament. Members of the public can obtain a copy by the contacting the Information Service at the Library of Parliament.

On 30 March 2015, the Minister of Veteran Affairs introduced Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act (Support for Veterans and Their Families Act), in the House of Commons and it was given first reading.

Bill C-58 amends the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act to

• add a purpose statement to the Act;
• improve the transition process of Canadian Forces members and veterans to civilian life by allowing the Minister of Veterans Affairs to make decisions in respect of applications made by those members for services, assistance and compensation under the Act before their release from the Canadian Forces and to provide members and veterans with information and guidance before and after their release;
• establish the retirement income security benefit to provide eligible veterans and survivors with a continued financial benefit after the age of 65 years;
• establish the critical injury benefit to provide eligible Canadian Forces members and veterans with lump-sum compensation for severe, sudden and traumatic injuries or acute diseases that are service related, regardless of whether they result in permanent disability; and
• establish the family caregiver relief benefit to provide eligible veterans who require a high level of ongoing care from an informal caregiver with an annual grant to recognize that caregiver’s support.

The enactment also amends the Veterans Review and Appeal Board Act as a consequence of the establishment of the critical injury benefit.
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