Budget 2017 addresses financial security, education and family support
BARRIE, ON, April 18, 2017 /CNW/ -Canada's women and men in uniform have served our country with bravery, honour and dignity—putting their lives at risk to protect the values we cherish most. Our Veterans deserve our greatest recognition and respect for
Today, at Georgian College, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced several new educational initiatives available to Veterans as part of Budget 2017. The announcement was followed by a visit at CFB Borden to meet with Canadian Armed Forces Members to talk about what Budget 2017 means for them.
Budget 2017 builds on the foundation that was established in Budget 2016 and will recognize the important role of caregivers, help more families, support mental health and provide for the education and training Veterans need to find the work they want in their post-military lives.
One of the most significant items introduced in this year's budget – the new Education and Training benefit - provides up to $80,000 of financial support for the costs of college, university or technical education. Veterans will be able to make choices that best suit their family's situation during their transition.
This benefit supports Veterans in achieving their education and future post-military employment goals and positions them to be more competitive in the workforce.
The Government also plans to redesign the Career Transition Services (CTS) program to ensure that Veterans, reservists, survivors, spouses and common law partners have the knowledge, skills and abilities required to search for employment in the civilian work force.
Quotes"Whether it is further education, job coaching or help applying for jobs, we will support and guide Veterans and their spouses in finding the work they want in their post-military life."
"If education truly is the great equalizer, as I believe it to be, then this new Veterans' Education and Training Benefit has the potential to be a real game changer for Canada's Veterans and their families."
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of the Department of National Defence.
Budget 2017 highlights:
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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