Saturday, April 4, 2015

Veterans News

What is the CIB?

Support for Veterans and their Families Act highlights

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl


proposed new Critical Injury Benefit (CIB) which would provide a $70,000 tax-free award to support the most severely injured and ill Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans was applauded today by Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.  


“The Critical Injury Benefit focusses on those who need it the most –Veterans who endure sudden and severe injury or illness while in the line of duty. I applaud Minister O’Toole for his efforts to ensure Veterans are treated with the care, compassion and respect they deserve,” said Strahl.  


The new CIB is intended to address the immediate impacts of the most severe and traumatic service-related injuries or diseases recognizing the stress and hardship CAF members and Veterans go through following such an event. It will work alongside existing benefits and supports delivered by Veterans Affairs Canada for which injured Veterans are eligible, and it is separate and apart from disability award payments.


This CIB is one component of the new Support for Veterans and their Families Act introduced in the House of Commons. Other proposed initiatives in this new legislation include:

• The Retirement Income Security Benefit would ensure that an eligible Veteran’s total annual income is at least 70% of what he or she received in financial benefits from VAC before age 65.

• the Family Caregiver Relief Benefit for eligible Veterans requiring ongoing informal care—a tax-free grant of $7,238 annually; and
• the authority for Veterans Affairs Canada to provide advice and information to CAF members and Veterans, and make decisions on applications for benefits and services prior to their release from the military to help them successfully transition to civilian life.

The Act also adds a purpose statement to the New Veterans Charter recognizing the Government’s obligation to CAF Members. It reads:


“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.”



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