VIP and Long Term Care access

Aging, ill and injured Veterans and there spouses must have the opportunity to remain in their homes as long as possible, and access to long term care when staying in their home is no longer an option. The Royal Canadian Legion is advocating for increased access to the Veterans Independence Program benefits and long term care facilities.

Primary advocacy position(s) on this issue:

  • When the surviving spouse applies for the Veterans Independence Program (VIP) benefit that was not in place prior to the Veteran's death, due consideration must be given by VAC and the benefit of doubt be applied in each individual case to assist the surviving spouse to remain at home and in the community. 
  • When the surviving spouse declines the VIP benefit that was in place prior to the Veterans’ death, the VIP benefit should be held in suspension until the widow requires the VIP benefit to assist the surviving spouse to remain at home and in the community. 
  • All eligible Canadian Armed Forces Veterans, regardless of when or where they served, should receive preferred access to vacant Long Term Care beds.