OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Today members of the Funeral Service
Association of Canada (FSAC) are on Parliament Hill meeting with
Members of Parliament to discuss The Last Post Fund program. FSAC was
very pleased to work closely with the government on the increase to the
available compensation for veterans' burials.
The Last Post Fund is a non-profit organization that offers financial
benefits for funeral related expenses to eligible veterans and
disability pensioners. Economic Action Plan 2013 proposed up to $65
million over two years to enhance the Funeral and Burial Program and by
more than doubling the maximum available funeral services compensation
rate from $3,600 to $7,376.
"In the last budget, the government made an important commitment that
improves services to veterans while helping small businesses like
ours," said Phil Fredette, Chair of the Government Relations Committee
with the Funeral Service Association of Canada. "We look forward to
continuing to work with the government to ensure that government
programs best meet the needs of those people who have given such an
important service to Canada."
Today, delegates from FSAC are scheduled to meet with members of the
Veterans Affairs committee and advisors from the minister's office to
discuss how best they can work together to provide the best possible
service for veterans funerals.
"We are encouraged by the work today and look forward to a productive
relationship," concluded Phil Fredette. "Ultimately, our goals are the
same: to properly thank the veterans that have fought to make Canada
-and elsewhere - strong and free."
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)
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