Annex B — Summary of NVC Programs

The following tables provide a brief summary of each of the NVC programs. Please note that these tables do not provide an exhaustive list of all service and benefits available under each program.

Disability Awards Program

Disability Awards

Program Description:
Disability Awards is a lump-sum payment designed to recognize and compensate for the non-economic impacts of a service-related disability.
Services and Benefits:
A tax-free lump-sum payment, based on the Veteran’s assessed disability resulting from service
Delivery Method:
VAC

Death Benefit

Program Description:
Death Benefit recognizes and compensates eligible survivors and dependents for the non-economic impacts of a service-related death.
Services and Benefits:
A tax-free lump-sum payment issued to an eligible survivor or dependent for a service related death.
Delivery Method:
VAC

Detention Benefit

Program Description:
Detention Benefit recognizes and compensates a member for the non-economic impacts arising from the time of detainment.
Services and Benefits:
A tax-free lump-sum payment based on the number of days the client was detained.
Delivery Method:
VAC

Clothing Allowance

Program Description:
Clothing Allowance accounts for wear and tear of clothing or the need for custom made apparel related to those disabilities compensated by a disability award.
Services and Benefits:
The clothing allowance is paid as a monthly benefit.
Delivery Method:
VAC

Financial Counselling

Program Description:
Financial Counselling reimburses qualifying clients for some or all of the cost of financial advice related to managing their lump-sum award.
Services and Benefits:
If the award is more than 5%, VAC will reimburse clients up to $500.
Delivery Method:
External Financial Advisors

Rehabilitation Program

Medical Rehabilitation

Program Description:
Medical Rehabilitation is designed to stabilize client functioning, reduce symptoms and restore basic physical and psychological functioning to the extent possible.
Services and Benefits:
Services that may be provided include:
  • Psychiatric treatment;
  • Prosthetics and aids;
  • Massage therapy;
  • Occupational therapy;
  • Medications;
  • etc.
Delivery Method:
External health professionals reimbursed for service

Psycho Social Rehabilitation

Program Description:
Psycho Social Rehabilitation is designed to restore independent functioning and promote adaptation to permanent disabilities that impact on daily activities at home and in the community.
Services and Benefits:
Psycho Social Rehabilitation — Services that may be provided include:
  • Life skills;
  • Psychological counselling;
  • Physiotherapy;
  • Family or couples counselling;
  • etc.
Delivery Method:
External health professionals reimbursed for service

Vocational Rehabilitation

Program Description:
Vocational Rehabilitation is designed to identify and achieve an appropriate occupational goal for a person with a physical or a mental health problem, given their state of health and the extent of their education, skills and experience.
Services and Benefits:
Services that may be provided include:
  • Vocational evaluations/ counselling;
  • Education/training
  • Child care;
  • Work place ergonomic assessment and modification;
  • Job finding/placement services;
  • etc.
Delivery Method:
National Contractor

Vocational Assistance

Program Description:
Vocational Assistance applies to the medically released CF and/or spouses of eligible Veterans or survivors of deceased Regular Force Veterans or Members. It is a more streamlined process for persons who do not have a disability. The goal is to find suitable employment. A plan is developed and is based on the person’s previous education, skills and experiences.
Services and Benefits:
Services that may be provided include:
  • Employability assessments;
  • Career counselling;
  • Training;
  • Job-search assistance;
  • Job-finding assistance;
  • etc.
Delivery Method:
National Contractor

Financial Benefits Program

Earnings Loss Benefit

Program Description:
Earnings Loss Benefit is a benefit designed to provide financial compensation in recognition of the economic impact that a service related or career ending injury has on a Veteran’s earnings capacity following release.
Services and Benefits:
  • Temporary Earnings Loss is a monthly benefit payable while the Veteran is actively participating in rehabilitation.
  • Extended Earnings Loss is a monthly benefit payable to age 65 if the Veteran is unable to perform any occupation that would be considered suitable gainful employment.
  • Benefit may be payable to survivors or orphans.
  • Benefits based on 75% of gross pre-release income or deemed income.
Delivery Method:
VAC

Permanent Impairment Allowance

Program Description:
Permanent Impairment Allowance is a benefit designed to recognize the impact that a service related severe permanent impairment has on employment potential and career advancement potential.
Services and Benefits:
Monthly benefit paid in addition to the earnings loss benefit. There are three grades based on extent of severity of the Permanent Impairment Allowance.
Delivery Method:
VAC

Supplementary Retirement Benefit

Program Description:
Supplementary Retirement Benefit is a benefit designed to compensate for the lost opportunity to contribute to a retirement pension due to career ending or service-related disability.
Services and Benefits:
Lump-sum benefit payable to Veterans in receipt of an Extended Earnings Loss Benefit who have reached the age of 65 or prior to age 65, if the Veteran is no longer considered to be "totally and permanently incapacitated". Benefits are 2% of gross earnings loss benefit and payable before other income is considered. Benefit may also be payable to survivors.
Delivery Method:
VAC

CF Income Support

Program Description:
CF Income Support is a benefit designed to provide a soft landing for Veterans that have successfully completed the rehabilitation program, and are capable of returning to ‘suitable gainful employment' but have not been successful in obtaining such employment.
Services and Benefits:
Clients are income tested against total household income.
Delivery Method:
CF Income Support — VAC

Health Benefits Program

Program Description:
Eligible CF Veterans are offered the opportunity to purchase lifetime, post-release health coverage for themselves and their families through the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP).
Services and Benefits:
Supplementary coverage augments benefits provided under the provincial/territorial plan in the member’s province/territory of residence.
Delivery Method:
PSHCP

Career Transition Services

(formerly the Job Placement Program)

Program Description:
Eligible CF Veterans not requiring rehabilitation are offered Career Transition Services to support them in finding civilian employment.
Services and Benefits:
  • Workshops
    • résumé writing, interview, and job search techniques
    • market research for job search and self-marketing
    • identification of transferable skills and civilian career management
    • mock interviews
  • Individual Counseling
    • aptitude testing and interest inventory
    • skills and experience assessment
    • finalization of résumé
    • assessment of job market and identification of further training requirements.
  • Job-finding assistance
    • coaching to career transition including assistance obtaining interviews
    • provide information on job vacancies
Delivery Method:
National Contractor
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