Veterans Independence Program for primary caregivers

Could home care services help you remain independent in your own home? The Veterans Independence Program for primary caregivers provides annual funding to help cover the cost for services such as grounds maintenance and housekeeping.

About this program

The Veterans Independence Program for primary caregivers provides annual funding to help cover the cost for services such as grounds maintenance and housekeeping. This program helps the primary caregivers – of a Veteran who was receiving the Veterans Independence Program and who has now moved to long term care or is deceased – remain in their home and community.

This program does not replace other federal, provincial or municipal programs. Instead, it is intended to work with those programs to help meet your needs.


Do you qualify?

To qualify for either housekeeping and/or grounds maintenance, the Veteran must have been eligible for that service through the Veterans Independence Program and has now moved to long term care or is deceased.

You should apply for the Veterans Independence Program for primary caregivers if you:

  • were the primary caregiver (unpaid) to the Veteran,
  • lived in the Veteran’s primary residence for at least a year prior to the their passing or admission to a long term care facility,
  • currently live in Canada, and
  • have a health-related need for these services.

How to apply

Apply online

If you are registered for My VAC Account, you can submit your application for this benefit online. If you aren’t registered, you can register now.

My VAC Account

Mail or in person

Download the application form. Then, drop it off at a VAC office or at any Service Canada office. You can also mail your completed form directly to the address listed on the form.

Go to form

Get help with your application

The staff at any VAC office can assist you, or call us at 1-866-522-2122.


Additional information

Find out more

More details about the maximum rates for the Veterans Independence Program.


Related programs

Veterans Independence Program: Payments for home and health care services that you need to remain independent at home.

Veterans Independence Program for survivors: Helps the spouse or survivor of a Veteran remain in their home and community.


Frequently asked questions

What is the fastest way to apply for VIP services?

The fastest way to apply is by using My VAC Account. Other methods are also available, see 'How to Apply' for more information.


I am currently living outside of Canada, can I still receive my VIP benefits?

Unfortunately, Veterans Independence Program payments can only be provided to you when you are residing in Canada.


Can I choose any provider of services?

You may obtain services from the provider of your choice.


How is my housekeeping/grounds maintenance grant calculated?

The housekeeping and grounds maintenance grants are calculated based on your level of need and the going rate for these services in your area, up to allowable maximum amount. These rates are determined by a review of costs for these services across the country, including the labour market index. This national rate table shows the going rates payable by geographic area.


Where can I find the policies for this program?

Read the Veterans Independence Program policies.

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