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Chapter 6 - Clothing Allowances


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6.01 - Cross Reference to VAC Policy

The provisions of this Chapter should be read in conjunction with the following policies: Allowances, Date payable – Disability Benefits, Allowances, Prisoner of War/Detention Benefit Compensation, Pain and Suffering Compensation, and Application to the Minister.

6.02 - Wear and Tear of Clothing on Account of Use of Appliances

  1. The requirements for the award of Clothing Allowances are laid down in Section 38 of the Pension Act or Section 60 of the Veterans Well-being Act.
  2. The rates prescribed in subsection 38(6) of the Pension Act or Section 60 in accordance with Section 94 of the Veterans Well-being Act are subject to supplements based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Supplement in accordance with section 75 of the Pension Act. Awards shall be assessed in grades 1 to 10 as guided by the Table to Article 6.02.
  3. The value assigned to each grade is published annually as adjusted to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Table to Article 6.02 - Wear and Tear of Clothing on Account of Use of Appliances

  • Upper Extremity Appliances
    • Grade 9
      • Arm Brace #47
      • Arm Brace #48
    • Grade 10
      • Universal Hand Splint #40
      • Drop Wrist Splint #46
  • Spinal Appliances
    • Grade 6
      • Harris Brace #13
      • Taylor Brace #15
      • Camp Hyperextension
      • Blair Hyperextension
      • Jewett Hyperextension
      • Jones Spinal
      • Steindler Spinal
    • Grade 8
      • 3/4 Taylor Brace
      • Castex Body Cast
      • Plastic Body Corset
    • Grade 9
      • Cervical Splint #51
    • Grade 10 if wear and tear demonstrated
      • Harris Brace #16
      • Williams Flexion Brace
      • Goldthwait Spinal
      • Memphis Spinal
      • Orthopaedic Corset #9
      • Dorsolumbar (Ottawa Truss #888)
      • Dorsolumbar (Ottawa Truss #444) demonstrated
  • Lower Extremity Appliances Rate
    • Grade 4
      • Leg Brace #69
      • Paraplegic Braces #75
    • Grade 5
      • Knee Cage (Jones) #68
      • Thomas Caliper Splint #70
    • Grade 6
      • Oxford Drop Foot Splint #59
      • Drop Foot Splint #64
      • Drop Foot Splint #65
      • Miller Splint
      • Klenzak Drop Foot Splint
      • Pope Double Drop Foot Splint
    • Grade 9
      • Ankle Brace #63
      • Knee Corset Misc. "C" - (Gibson)
    • Grade 10 if wear and tear demonstrated
      • Universal Ankle Brace #57
      • Drop Foot Lifter #58
      • Drop Foot Lifter (wire) #60
      • Hinged Knee Cap (Ottawa Truss #969)
      • Laced Knee Cap (Ottawa Truss #971)

6.03 - Wear and Tear of Clothing on Account of Amputation

The amounts to be paid for wear and tear clothing on account of amputation are fixed by Subsection 38(4)(5) and Section 75 of the Pension Act or the following policies: Allowances, Date payable – Disability Benefits, Allowances, Prisoner of War/Detention Benefit Compensation, Pain and Suffering Compensation, and Application to the Minister, being Grade 4 for a single amputation and Grade 3 for a double amputation.

6.04 - Specially Made Wearing Apparel

The amounts to be paid for specially made wearing apparel are fixed by Subsection 38(8) and Section 75 of the Pension Act the following policies: Allowances, Date payable – Disability Benefits, Allowances, Prisoner of War/Detention Benefit Compensation, Pain and Suffering Compensation, and Application to the Minister, being Grade 4.

6.05 - Clothing Allowance for Soiling

The maximum clothing allowance payable for soiling is Grade 5 rates as prescribed in Allowances, Date payable – Disability Benefits, Allowances, Prisoner of War/Detention Benefit Compensation, Pain and Suffering Compensation, and Application to the Minister.

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