Monday, April 10, 2017 



Being Educated

Liberals offer re-training at half the cost

BC Gov't caucus/Voice photo


Voice file photo


s British Columbians and Canadians honour the sacrifice of the soldiers who gave their lives at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago.


The BC Liberals announced Sunday a new 50 per cent tuition fee rebate for Canadian Armed Forces veterans, to help them upgrade their education and transition into civilian life.


 "Canadian Armed Forces members are our best and bravest - but we know that the transition from military to civilian life can be challenging," said Jim Benninger, BC Liberal candidate in Courtenay-Comox and former base commander of CFB Comox. "This platform commitment is a small but meaningful way to show our appreciation for their service, as they make that transition and help contribute to our growing economy."

The rebate would cover 50 per cent of tuition paid at a B.C. post-secondary institution for Canadian Armed Forces veterans looking to upgrade their education and skills and find a rewarding career.

It would be available to Canadian Armed Forces veterans who have served in the Regular Force or as a Class "C" Reservist for at least three years, and honourably released. Veterans who are medically released and unable to complete at least three years' service would also be eligible.

The commitment will be included in the party's platform for the provincial election, which takes place May 9th.



Canadian Troops by the Numbers

68,000 full-time troops in uniform

900 full-time military personnel

4,500 reservists with each previous year


Government statistics says there are 68,000 full-time troops in uniform. The military says that in order to keep the forces at that level, because of attrition and other reasons, it needs 4,000 new full-time troops yearly.

Estimated Veteran Population as of March 2014:

Second World War
75,900; their average age is 91

Korean War
9,100; their average age is 83.

CF Veterans (Regular Forces and Primary Reserves)
600,300; their average age is 57.




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