Caregiver Recognition Benefit

How does this benefit help you and your caregiver?

The Caregiver Recognition Benefit provides your informal caregiver a direct monthly payment of $1,000 tax free. It replaces the Family Caregiver Relief Benefit. The benefit recognizes the important role a caregiver delivers on a day-to-day basis with your daily activities.

It provides financial support directly to your informal caregiver if you were seriously injured in service.

Are you eligible?

You may qualify for the Caregiver Recognition Benefit if you have a disability award* and:

  • you have an informal caregiver who helps you with your illness or injuries for which you received a disability award.
  • your need for care is ongoing (expected to last at least 12 months).
  • your informal caregiver is 18 years of age or older and is not paid for providing or coordinating your care.
  • you are not a permanent resident of a nursing home or long-term care facility.

* This program is only available to recipients of a disability award. If you have a disability pension or POW compensation of 1% or more, you can apply for Attendance Allowance. Similar to the Caregiver Recognition Benefit, the Attendance Allowance is a significant benefit available when you need help with daily living tasks and are considered totally disabled. Still serving members are not eligible for the Caregiver Relief Benefit.


What should you do before you apply?

  • Read through our common questions and answers to get a better understanding of how the program works.
  • You should also read Activities of Daily Living as this benefit is intended only for Veterans who require assistance with four of the seven activities of daily living.
  • Both you and your caregiver need to fill out the application as the benefit will be paid directly to your caregiver.
  • Gather your personal and service information to help you fill out your application.
  • You will not have to submit information other than your application. We will reference your information we already have on file and if more information is needed to make a decision, we will contact you.

How to apply

  • Please note: your application must be signed by both you and your caregiver. Because of this you will need to download the application and fill it out with your caregiver.

Apply online

If you are registered for My VAC Account, you can submit your application online. To do this, you will need to print the application for both you and your caregiver to sign. Once complete, you can scan and upload it for submission through My VAC Account. If you aren't registered you can register now.

My VAC Account

Mail or in person

Download the application form. Then, drop it off - or get help filling it out - at a VAC Area Office.

You can also mail your completed form directly to the address listed on the form.

Go to form

You can also download the application form and then send it to us directly through the mail.

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    PO Box 6000
    Matane, QC G4W 0E4

What to expect after applying?

  • Once you have submitted your application, you can expect a decision in eight weeks and your first payment within nine weeks .
  • There may be a time when a review or assessment may be completed to ensure that you continue to meet program criteria and to ensure that your health and well-being are not at risk.
  • If you need to change your informal caregiver, you will need to inform us of the change. You will then need to fill out a new application with your new informal caregiver.

Common questions and answers

View all questions and answers related to the Caregiver Recognition Benefit.

Will eligibility for the Caregiver Recognition Benefit be the same as for the Family Caregiver Relief Benefit?

Yes. Eligibility criteria for the new benefit remain the same as those for the old benefit. The main difference is that the new benefit is a monthly, tax-free amount paid directly to caregivers.


Is there a time limit to apply for this benefit?

No. Veterans can apply for this benefit at any time.


View all questions and answers related to the Caregiver Recognition Benefit.

Other related information

Attendance Allowance

If you have a disability pension or POW compensation of 1% or more, you can apply for Attendance Allowance.

Fact Sheet

Read through our Fact Sheet to get a better understanding of how the program works.

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