VAC makes this determination based on evidence that demonstrates a connection between your health problem and your military service (i.e., medical reports, service records, etc.).
Why does your health problem(s) have to be resulting primarily from service to be able to access the new Income Replacement Benefit (effective )?
The Income Replacement Benefit (IRB) is designed to provide income support to Veterans who experience barriers to re-establishment resulting primarily from service. It is meant to recognize the connection between your health problem and your service to Canada.
What if I currently receive income support through the Earnings Loss Benefit (ELB) but my health problems did not result primarily from service?
If you receive income support through the VAC Earnings Loss Benefit up to and including , you will continue under the new Income Replacement Benefit.
If it is determined that you have a Diminished Earnings Capacity (DEC), you will continue to receive the IRB for life.
If I am eligible for the Income Replacement Benefit, will I be able to earn up to $20,000 in employment without any deductions?
Yes. With the new Income Replacement Benefit, you can earn up to $20,000 annually from employment and there will be no deduction to your benefit.
If you have a health problem resulting primarily from service that is causing a barrier to your re-establishment, there is no time limit to apply.
If you medically-release with health problems not resulting pri, until such time as medical and psycho-social rehabilitation services are reactivated under the CAF LTD plan, you must apply to VAC within 120 days of your medical release in order to be able to access VAC medical and psycho-social rehabilitation services. You will continue to access vocational rehabilitation and income support through the CAF LTD (SISIP) plan.
I am a Veteran who will medically release after but my health problem is not primarily a result of my service. How will these changes impact me?
As an interim measure only, you will continue to have access to medical and psycho-social rehabilitation services through VAC, until these services are available under the CAF LTD plan (no later than ). In order to access medical and psycho-social rehabilitation services from VAC, you will need to apply to VAC within 120 days of your medical release.
Because your health problem is not related to service and you are medically released after , you no longer have access to ELB or IRB and hyperlink hence no 15% top-up.
What income support is available through the CAF LTD plan?
The Canadian Armed Forces Long Term Disability (CAF LTD) plan provides all medically releasing CAF members, whether their injury/illness is service-related or non-service related, with up to 75% of the member’s salary at release from the CAF.
How do these changes to the VAC Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program relate to other transition-related initiatives taking place?
These changes are part of a series of initiatives designed to improve the transition to life after service for CAF members, Veterans and their families. As part of Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged , the CAF’s approach to transition is being reinvented to ensure that members receive the professional, customized and personalized support they need as they transition to post-military life. Changes to the VAC Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program are a tangible result of the CAF and VAC working together to ensure that transition from the CAF to life after service is as streamlined as possible, that services are better harmonized with timely access to benefits and services, and coordinated case management throughout the transition process.