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Re-establish lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans.

Liberal Platform Page 49 October 5, 2015
In progress
Dec 2018

Ottawa pouring an extra $3.6B into veterans’ benefits

CBC News December 20, 2018

The Liberal government today initiated an intricate overhaul of the system to compensate wounded ex-soldiers, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to placate a volatile community of Canadian veterans.

What the federal government is introducing Wednesday is a patchwork allowing veterans to take either the lump sum or a lifetime pension, which would deliver a maximum tax-free payment of $1,150 per month. In addition, the Liberals will introduce another tax-free pain and suffering award on top of the existing one. It too will come in either lump sum or pension form that would give wounded veterans up to $1,500 per month, depending on their level of disability.

These changes are scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2019.

Jan 2016

Injured veterans to get choice over pensions or lump-sum payments

Ottawa Citizen January 20, 2016

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr says his department is drawing up plans to offer injured ex-soldiers the choice of lump-sum payments or lifetime pensions when they leave the military, despite the government's tight fiscal situation.

"We made commitments to our veterans to offer the lump sum or lifetime pension option," he said. "We are putting my department through the paces of coming up with real, viable plans to allow veterans that choice, to allow them to make a clear decision (by) understanding the financial ramifications."