Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 02, 2010 16:35 ET

Reminder: Still a Few Days to Apply for Agent Orange Ex Gratia Payment

JONQUIÈRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), would like to remind Canadians who may be eligible to receive Agent Orange ex gratia payments that they must submit their applications before September 17, 2010. 

In September 2007, the Government of Canada offered a one-time, tax-free, ex gratia payment of $20,000 related to the testing of unregistered U.S. military herbicides, including Agent Orange, at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown in New Brunswick during the summers of 1966 and 1967. The deadline for applications was April 1, 2009. An 18-month period beyond this application deadline was provided where circumstances beyond the control of the applicant resulted in missing the deadline. 

To allow time for processing late applications within the legal time limits, Veterans Affairs Canada encourages individuals to submit their complete applications before September 17, 2010. Applications must include all necessary supporting information in order to meet the October 1, 2010 payment deadline.

Applications continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis, therefore we are asking all individuals to fill out their application as soon as possible, before September 17.

As of July 31, 2010, more than 2,800 applicants have received the tax-free, ex gratia payment, for a total of $57.6 million paid out to Canadians. 

For more information, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122.

Backgrounder

Agent Orange Ex Gratia Payment

The Government of Canada offered a one-time, tax-free ex gratia payment of $20,000 related to the testing of unregistered U.S. military herbicides, including Agent Orange, at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown in New Brunswick during the summers of 1966 and 1967—the only known time and place that unregistered U.S. military herbicides were ever used or tested in Canada.

The deadline for applications was April 1, 2009; however, an 18-month period beyond this application deadline was provided where circumstances beyond the control of the applicant resulted in missing the deadline. Veterans Affairs Canada's authority to make the ex gratia payments ceases on October 1, 2010.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the ex gratia payment, individuals must have been diagnosed with a condition associated with Agent Orange, as determined by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. Individuals must also have worked or trained at CFB Gagetown, or lived in a community any part of which was within five kilometres of CFB Gagetown when Agent Orange was tested in 1966 and 1967.

For more information or to apply, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca or call 1-866-522-2122.

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries:
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252
    or
    All Other Enquiries:
    information@vac-acc.gc.ca