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Response to Parliamentary Committees

House of Commons

Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs

On June 17, 2009, the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA) tabled a report, Shared Experiences: Comparison of Veterans Services Offered by Members of the Commonwealth and the G8. The report noted that Canada’s New Veterans Charter (NVC) is similar in many ways to the modernized package of benefits and services offered in other countries and addresses basically the same needs. As other countries are evaluating their programs, the NVC, referred to as a "living document", would benefit from a major review. An official government response to the report was tabled on October 15, 2009 assuring Committee members that a thorough review of the NVC was underway.

Standing Committee on National Defence

On June 17, 2009, the Standing Committee on National Defence tabled a report, Doing Well and Doing Better: Health Services Provided to Canadian Forces Personnel with an Emphasis on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The report noted that, as effective as current Canadian Forces (CF) health care and social support programs are, there is room for improvement. Concern has been expressed over the ability of the CF to meet the growing needs of soldiers injured, both physically and psychologically, in combat in Afghanistan and elsewhere. One of the main issues identified during the study is the fact that the shortage of medical professionals is not only a CF problem. What is needed is a whole-of-government approach to mobilize, deploy and sustain sufficient medical health professionals to meet the growing needs of injured CF personnel and their families. The DND led response with VAC input was tabled on October 7, 2009.


The Senate sub-Committee on Veterans Affairs to the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence did not release any reports during this period.


In June 2009, Bill C-33, An Act to amend the War Veterans Allowance Act received Royal Assent and was passed into law, extending benefits to eligible Veterans of Allied countries.