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Out of Canada Clients and Veterans of Other Countries

Issuing Authority: Director General, Policy and Research
Effective Date: April 1, 2019
Document ID: 1103

Care has been taken to ensure these policies accurately reflect the acts and regulations. Should any inconsistencies be found, the acts and regulations will prevail.

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This policy provides direction on the provision of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) services and  benefits to eligible Canadian veterans/discharged Royal Canadian Mounted Police who reside or travel out of Canada, and to eligible veterans of certain other countries residing or travelling in Canada.


The Veterans Health Care Regulations (VHCR) authorize the provision of treatment benefits and services related to disability benefits entitled conditions for Canadian veterans, and for Rehabilitation Program clients, regardless of Canadian residency.

The VHCRs also authorize the provision of health benefits and services to veterans of countries with which VAC has reciprocal agreements (i.e., USA, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa). These governments asess the service related pensioned conditions of the veterans who served for their country and authorize their health benefits and services.


Veterans Health Care Regulations, sections 3(1), 3(2), 3(3), 5(2), 7(3) 37

Eligibility for Health Care Programs – Eligible Client Groups

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