Veterans Affairs Canada working with Veterans Ombudsman on improving
OTTAWA, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today welcomed the report on the New Veterans Charter
Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA) and PIA Supplement from the Office
of the Veterans Ombudsman (OVO).
Minister Fantino thanked Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent for his work and
for his commitment to helping Veterans.
This follows on a recently released report by the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA). As requested by Minister
Fantino, the Committee reviewed the New Veterans Charter late last year
to identify any gaps that exist and to recommend improvements that
could be made, focusing on the most seriously injured Veterans, the
available support for families and the delivery of programs. The
Government is currently examining the ACVA report that was received
earlier this spring.
The Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA) is a taxable, monthly
benefit—payable for life.
A Veteran may qualify if he or she has a severe and permanent impairment
for which he or she has received a disability benefit and a VAC-approved application for rehabilitation services.
The PIA benefit is for service-related injuries. PIA grade levels are
based on the extent of the impairment. Generally, the greater the level
of impairment, the greater the impact on employment potential and
career advancement opportunities.
As of March 31, 2014, out of the 1,647 Veterans who were in receipt of
the Permanent Impairment Allowance, 1,320 Veterans (80%) were also
deemed totally and permanently incapacitated and receive the Permanent
Impairment Allowance Supplement in addition to the Permanent Impairment
"I have asked officials at Veterans Affairs to ensure that they consider
the recommendations found in the Veterans Ombudsman's PIA report as
well as consult his office in the development of solutions to improve
the New Veterans Charter. This is consistent with our
government's efforts to build on our positive record, which saw
unprecedented investments of $5 billion since 2006, to enhance support,
benefits and services to our Veterans and their families."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada