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The New Veterans Charter (NVC) represents the most sweeping change to Veterans’ benefits and services in the past 60 years. The NVC shifts the focus from one of disability to one of wellness and responds to Canada’s commitment to injured Canadian Forces members and Veterans. The suite of services and benefits available under the NVC include a lump-sum disability award, rehabilitation, financial benefits, health benefits, and career transition services. This is a three-phased comprehensive evaluation being conducted from April 2009 to December 2010.
The evaluation of the Disability Benefits program was conducted in accordance with the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Multi-Year Risk-Based Evaluation Plan 2014–19. The objective of the Disability Benefits program is to compensate Veterans/members and other individuals in recognition of the effects of service-related disabilities, death or incarceration/evasion/escape. The Disability Benefits program consists of both the Disability Pension and the Disability Award. The Pension Act of 1919 provides the framework for the Disability Pension (DP) which is a tax-free monthly payment, with the amount of the payment based on the extent of the Veteran's diagnosed medical disability related to their service.
On April 1, 2006, the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (the New Veterans Charter) came into force. The New Veterans Charter (NVC) was designed to give Canadian Forces (CF) Veterans and their families access to services and programs that would meet their individual needs. The suite of programs includes: rehabilitation; financial benefits; group health insurance; career transition services; disability award; and support to families. The evaluation was conducted from April 1, 2009 until October 29, 2010 and consisted of three phases.
Policies related to the Disability Award.
This Rehabilitation Services Evaluation was conducted in accordance with Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) approved Multi-year Risk Based Evaluation Plan 2013-2018. Established in 2006, the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (hereinafter referred to as the New Veterans Charter or NVC), shifts the Department's focus from one of disability to one of wellness and responds to Canada's commitment to injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans. As part of the NVC, the Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program (hereinafter referred to as the Program) provides eligible Veteran recipients and their spouse/survivor(s) with one or more of the following types of rehabilitation services: medical, psychosocial, or vocational. In fiscal year 2012-13, the Program funded $18.4 million in benefits and services.
Policies related to the Disability Pension.
The purpose of this audit is to provide assurance that departmental activities with respect to the processing of overpayments are in compliance with policies, procedures, and regulations. The audit reviewed the overpayments of four programs: Disability Award, Disability Pension, War Veterans Allowance, and Earnings Loss.
An overpayment is any amount paid to a beneficiary to which there is no entitlement, or which exceeds entitlement and are "debts to the Crown". Veterans Affairs Canada is required to pursue and collect any outstanding amounts of overpayments.
This audit focused on whether Veterans Affairs Canada was taking appropriate actions to reduce wait times for veterans applying to receive disability benefits that they are entitled to in order to support their well‑being.
The evaluation of the Veterans Independence Program was conducted in accordance with the Veterans Affairs Canada Multi-Year Risk-Based Evaluation Plan 2015-20. The evaluation covers the time period from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2015, and was conducted between June 2015 and January 2016. The objective of the Program is to assist eligible recipients to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible by providing financial assistance towards services which support and promote independence and health. Depending on circumstances and health needs, the Program can contribute to services such as housekeeping, grounds maintenance, personal care, access to nutrition, and health and support services.
The Veterans Independence Program (VIP) was introduced in 1981 to respond to an aging demographic Veteran population and to help reduce long-term care (LTC) bed waitlists by providing care to Veterans at home. The national Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) home care program assists qualified Veterans, still-serving Canadian Forces (CF) disability pensioners, surviving spouses/primary caregivers, and certain civilians to maintain their health, quality of life and independence in their own home for as long as possible. At the point where care in the home is no longer possible, the VIP will assist in providing care in long-term care facilities in the community of the Veteran. The VIP is not intended to duplicate or replace existing provincial/territorial or community services, but complements these programs to best meet the needs of Veterans.