Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 03, 2012 12:03 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney is Cutting Red Tape for Veterans and their Families

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 3, 2012) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today another component of the "Cutting Red Tape for Veterans" initiative. With the new changes, Veterans will receive up-front payments for grounds maintenance and housekeeping services offered under the Veterans Independence Program (VIP). Veterans will no longer have to submit receipts for these two popular services. This eliminates cumbersome paperwork for Veterans and puts money into their hands faster, so they can remain independent in their own homes.

"This change is another concrete example of our Government's commitment to cutting red tape for Veterans," said Minister Blaney. "Veterans have told us they want a more hassle-free service from the Department and we are taking action. The new payments will eliminate unnecessary paperwork for approximately 100,000 Veterans and their families."

Once the changes are in effect, Veterans who receive grounds maintenance and housekeeping services through VIP will no longer have to obtain, track and submit receipts to receive the financial support they need. The payments will be based on an individual's needs and the local going rates for these services. Veterans will receive two payments each year. By replacing multiple reimbursements with simple up-front payments, Veterans Affairs Canada will ensure that Veterans will no longer face paying for expenses and being out of pocket while waiting to be reimbursed. These changes will also eliminate millions of transactions between Veterans and the Department.

"Our Government will continue to cut cumbersome red tape to provide our Veterans with the best possible service," said Minister Blaney. "Our Veterans served our country with pride and conviction so we can live in a better world. Our Government will continue to make changes so that Veterans receive the benefits and services they deserve without bureaucratic delays. We are making paperwork a thing of the past. By offering up-front payments, Veterans get the immediate support they need."

"The changes to the VIP program announced by Minister Blaney will make life easier for Veterans," said Gordon Jenkins, President of the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada. "Instead of having to submit individual receipts and burn up bureaucratic processing time, Veterans will now receive a grant to cover the cost. This benefits everyone."

For more information on the Veterans Independence Program and other services and benefits available to Veterans, visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

Backgrounder

Changes to Payments for VIP Housekeeping and Grounds Maintenance Services

  • As a result of these changes, Veterans will receive up-front payments for grounds maintenance and housekeeping services offered under the Veterans Independence Program (VIP).

  • This will replace the current payment process where those receiving support must obtain and submit receipts in order to receive reimbursements.

  • Once these changes are in effect, Veterans currently receiving these VIP benefits will have their payments converted to the new up-front payment system for housekeeping and grounds maintenance services when their contribution arrangement comes up for renewal.

  • The new up-front payments for housekeeping and grounds maintenance services will be based on each individual's needs and the local going rates for these services.

  • Veterans will receive their up-front payments through two instalments each year.

About VIP

The Veterans Independence Program is a national home care program provided by Veterans Affairs Canada. The program was established to help Veterans remain healthy and independent in their own homes or communities. Veterans may qualify for VIP if they have a health-related need for the services. Examples of Veterans who may be eligible include:

  • a disability benefit recipient who needs VIP as a result of their disability entitlement;

  • a wartime (First World War, Second World War and Korean War) pensioner with a disability that is pensioned at 48 percent or higher;

  • a wartime Veteran or overseas civilian who qualifies because of low income.

  • a totally disabled former prisoner of war; or

  • an overseas service Veteran who is at home on a wait-list for a Priority Access Bed.

Eligible Veterans may receive up to $9,991 per calendar year for housekeeping and grounds maintenance services as well as personal care, access to nutrition and health and support services. Primary caregivers and survivors may also be eligible for housekeeping and grounds maintenance services.

For more information on the Veterans Independence Program and other services and benefits available to Veterans, visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649