Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 16, 2007 13:30 ET

The Government of Canada Announces $1.4 Million in Additional Funding for Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Quebec

QUEBEC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2007) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today more than $1.4 million in additional funding for the expansion of the Quebec Operational Stress Injury Clinic. This will double the clinic's capacity to help clients suffering with operational stress injuries.

"We want to ensure our Veterans, Canadian Forces and RCMP members receive the highest standard of care, and services that are tailor-made for them," said Minister Verner. "This additional funding will allow our Quebec clinic to reach more Veterans and their families with the critical help, treatment, social support and counselling services they need."

The clinic, funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and managed by Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec (CHUQ), provides specialized services to Veterans and members of the Canadian Forces who suffer from operational stress injuries resulting from their military service. The clinic offers standardized assessment, treatment, prevention and support to serving Canadian Forces members and Veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other operational stress injuries, including anxiety, depression, or addiction.

"We are delighted with today's announcement since we will be able to complete our service offer for the Operational Stress Injury Clinic at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec. We would like to thank Veterans Affairs Canada which recognizes the expertise of the interdisciplinary team to which new resources will be added so that it can support a clientele requiring specific care," said Mr. Rene Rouleau, General Manager of the CHUQ.

Educational programs, as well as individual, group, and family counselling are also available.

The Government of Canada is working to ensure Veterans make the successful transition from military life to civilian life by providing proper support, resources and services necessary to cross that bridge. In Budget 2007, the government announced $10 million in funding to establish five new Operational Stress Injury Clinics across Canada, one of which will soon open in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Clinic services complement the new suite of programs and services implemented by Veterans Affairs Canada in 2006 through the New Veterans Charter to better address the needs of today's Veterans, including those with operational stress injuries.

For more information, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Marie-Eve Roy
    Regional Communications Officer
    514-283-7522
    or
    Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec (CHUQ)
    Pascale St-Pierre
    Communications Advisor
    418-525-4444 ext. 13425