Funeral Service Association of Canada Congratulates the Government on the Budget Announcement Regarding the Last Post Fund

Funding Support for Modern Day Veterans' Funerals

OTTAWA, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) congratulates the Federal Government on their decision to increase support for the Last Post Fund.  Economic Action Plan 2014 proposed $108.2 million over three years to expand eligibility for the Funeral and Burial Program, providing modern-day veterans of modest means access to a dignified funeral.

"The Federal Government's actions today ensure that modern day Canadian veterans are able to receive the funerals they deserve," said Phil Fredette, Government Relations Chair, of the Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC).  "We are so pleased the government acted to correct the discrepancy prohibiting modern day veterans of modest means access to a dignified burial."

The Last Post Fund is a non-profit organization that offers financial benefits for funeral related expenses to eligible veterans and disability pensioners. The 2013 federal budget proposed $65 million over two years to enhance the Funeral and Burial Program and by more than doubling the funeral services compensation rate from $3,600 to $7,376.  However, eligibility for the fund restricted access to veterans up to the Korean War.

FSAC is very proud to have worked with the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Ministry of Veterans Affairs to address the funding for the Last Post Fund and for this year recognizing modern day veterans.

"We are very grateful to the Federal Government for expanding the eligibility of the Last Post Fund.  It is very important that our veterans are properly recognized regardless of when they served, they do after all keep Canada strong and free," concluded Fredette.

The Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) is the leading national funeral professional association, and represents 85% of all deaths in Canada through numerous funeral homes, cemeteries and funeral service professionals across the country. In the countless services provided by our members, the most important aspect of a funeral is dignity. FSAC has been providing leadership and guidance to funeral providers for more than 80 years and works to improve the profession through advocacy and education. Please visit www.fsac.ca for additional information.

SOURCE Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC)

For further information:

Kalene DeBaeremaeker
Public Affairs
Phone: 613-233-8906
Cell: 613-857-1758
Kalene@impactcanada.com