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Canadian Forces Income Support Benefit - Suspension and Cancellation

Issuing Authority: Director General, Policy and Research
Effective Date: April 1, 2019
Document ID: 1247

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.

Purpose

This policy provides direction in respect to suspension and cancellation of the Canadian Forces Income Support (CFIS) Benefit.

Policy

General

  1. Section 36 of the Veterans Well-being Act and sections 34 and 35 of the Veterans Well-being Regulations authorize the suspension and/or cancellation a CFIS benefit payment, if the Veteran, survivor or orphan fails to provide information needed to properly administer the CFIS benefit program.
  2. Required information to administer the CFIS program:
    1. All eligible individuals must provide continually updated, accurate, forecasted income information (i.e. any temporary or permanent changes in hourly, weekly, monthly or yearly income amounts from Canadian or foreign sources) or any change in current monthly benefits. In the case of a Veteran, this information will also include his/her spouse’s or common-law partner’s income information;
    2. All recipients must notify the Department when they intend to be absent from Canada for more than 183 days in a given year or when they plan to permanently reside outside of Canada;
    3. Veterans and survivors, who are required to meet Employment and Career Transition Criteria (see policy, CFIS – Eligibility), must continuously provide information to demonstrate that they meet this Criteria;
    4. Veterans must notify the Department of any change in his/her family or marital status and/or the number of dependent children, including, if applicable, the children’s progress in school and/or when a child becomes incapacitated;
    5. A survivor of a member or Veteran, who died of a service-related death, and any orphan must provide past income information, when required, to determine if a retroactive CFIS benefit payment should be made.
    6. An orphan, between the ages of 18 to 25, must notify the Department of any changes in his/her educational or incapacity status.
    7. All recipients must provide any other information that is necessary to assess initial or ongoing eligibility or determine the amount of CFIS benefit payable.

Suspension

  1. Failure to provide the information under paragraph 2 will result in suspension of the CFIS benefit payment.
  2. For a Veteran or a survivor of a member or Veteran who died of a service-related injury or disease, or of a non service-related injury or disease which was aggravated by service, whose CFIS payment is suspended, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) may:
    1. continue eligibility for VAC’s Career Transition Services Program; and / or,
    2. cancel the CFIS benefit after 6 consecutive months of suspension.

Cancellation

  1. For Veterans and survivors of Veterans, who die of a non service-related death, whose CFIS has been cancelled:
    1. The CFIS benefit can no longer be re-instated and no new subsequent application will succeed.
    2. The Veteran will need to re-establish his/her eligibility to VAC’s Rehabilitation and Vocational Assistance Program and his/her eligibility to receive an income replacement benefit. Thereafter, and once entitlement to the income replacement benefit successfully ends, if the need exists, access to the CFIS benefit may be possible, once again.
  2. VAC may cancel the CFIS benefit to an orphan who had his/her CFIS benefit suspended for 6 months.
  3. For survivors of Veterans, whose death was service-related, or orphans, whose CFIS has been cancelled, may re-apply for and receive the CFIS benefit providing they meet the eligibility requirements. Because there is no prescribed time limit in which an application must be made for individuals in these circumstances, the CFIS benefit may be re-instated.
  4. Where the eligibility or ongoing entitlement of the Veteran, survivor, or orphan is based on a misrepresentation or the concealment of a material fact, the Department will cancel the CFIS benefit. The effective date of the cancellation decision, in this instance, will be the first day of the month the misrepresentation or concealment commenced.
  5. The cancellation decision conveyed to the Veteran, survivor, or orphan must include the reason(s) involved, the effective date, and the applicable redress rights.

References

Veterans Well-being Act, sections 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, and 36

Veterans Well-being Regulations, sections, 34 and 35

Canadian Forces Income Supplement – Eligibility

Review of Part 1, Part 1.1, Part 2 and Part 3.1 Decisions under the Veterans Well-being Act

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