Canada invests $2 million over 10 years to support Veterans and Canadian
Armed Forces personnel
WINNIPEG, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Member
of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia, on behalf of the
Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today was at
the Deer Lodge Centre to announce a significant expansion to the
Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic that serves Winnipeg-area
Veterans, personnel and their families. Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
will invest approximately $2 million over 10 years to move and expand
the clinic from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet to meet the growing demand
for mental health services.
Veterans Affairs Canada's network of OSI clinics is dedicated to the
treatment and support of Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP
service men and women living with operational stress injuries, and
The Winnipeg OSI Clinic is one of a network of 10 clinics funded by
Veterans Affairs Canada. The Department of National Defence is
responsible for an additional seven OSI clinics.
The new location will offer an enhanced waiting area space, a room for
families, an area for tele-health, meeting space for peer support
coordinators and more rooms for clinicians to meet with Veterans and
Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence also work
together through a joint network of 24 integrated personnel support centres, and seven satellite locations, to give Veterans, personnel and their
families one-stop access to services including mental health support.
"The Harper Government continues to invest in initiatives that improve
the quality of life for Veterans living with mental health conditions
and their families. These additional funds are another way that we
support those who stood up for Canada."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The men and women who have served Canada give so much of themselves to
protect the people, principles and nation that we hold so dear. Our
Government will continue to make the right decisions to ensure that
those who need help, both here in Winnipeg and right across Canada, get
the assistance that they need."
The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St.
"Deer Lodge Centre is pleased Veterans Affairs Canada is providing
additional funds to support an expanded clinic. The Centre has a long
tradition of providing services to the military and Veterans and we
look forward to continuing the relationship."
Réal Cloutier, Chief Operating Officer, Winnipeg Regional Health
Authority and Deer Lodge Centre.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada