Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (CFMVRCA), Pension Act, Veterans Health Care Regulations (VHCR), Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance Act, DAOD 5018-2, CFAO 24-6
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Members, Veterans their survivors and/or dependent children may be eligible for benefits and services administered by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).
Eligibility for benefits and services vary. Specific requirements for entitlement are in the details section that follow.
The Death Benefit (DB) is a non-taxable, lump sum benefit payable to survivors and dependent children that recognizes and compensates for the non-economic impacts of a sudden service-related death, which includes the member's loss of life, the resulting loss of guidance, care and companionship; and the impact of the member's death on the functioning of the household.
If a DB is payable to a surviving spouse/common-law partner or a dependent child, the benefit will be awarded as follows:
Matter-of-Right: A Veteran who dies while on treatment strength of VAC, or a disability pensioner who is deemed to have died either from a pension condition(s) or a condition which can be related to military service may be entitled to full funeral and burial benefits up to the maximum amounts payable under current legislation as a matter-of-right (no means test is performed on the estate of the deceased). Arrangements may also be made for funeral and burial benefits when a Veteran dies without next-of-kin.
Means Tested: Funeral and burial assistance may be provided to:
If the estate of the deceased and the financial resources of any surviving spouse are not sufficient to pay the expenses of the funeral and burial (as determined by a means test) then assistance may be provided to cover all or part of the cost.
For more information on available services and benefits, to find out if you qualify, or to apply:
High River | (403) 652-2222
301 Macleod Trail SW., High River, AB T1V 1Z5
Okotoks | (403) 938-3111
200 Woodgate Rd., Okotoks, AB T1S 1L2
Pincher Creek | (403) 627-4864
1101 Main St., Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0
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