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Rehabilitation plan or a Vocational Assistance Plan - What they pay


15. (1) The Minister may pay reasonable expenses in respect of the following costs arising out of a person?s participation in a rehabilitation plan or a vocational assistance plan:

(a) in the case of training,

(i) tuition costs, to a maximum of $20,000,

(ii) books,

(iii) supplies, to a maximum of $40 per month,

(iv) Internet fees, to a maximum of $25 per month,

(v) other costs, such as those for licensing or examinations, that are identified by the training facility before the program begins, to a maximum of $500,

(vi) the costs of basic safety equipment and special clothing, other than breathing apparatus, pressure suits or environmental testing equipment, that are not otherwise provided by the training facility, to a maximum of $300,

(vii) the cost of a tutor referred by the training facility, to a maximum of 10 hours,

(viii) the costs of transportation to and from the training facility at a rate of 15 cents per kilometre to a maximum of $500 per month or, in the alternative, the cost of a monthly transit pass,

(ix) the costs of parking for a person who holds a disabled parking card from the province in which the training is provided if the training facility does not provide disabled parking,

(x) if the approved training is not available at a training facility located within a distance that would allow for daily commuting from the person?s residence,

(A) the costs of temporary accommodations, to a maximum of $500 per month in the case of accommodations for the person, or to a maximum of $1,000 per month if accommodations are required for the person and any dependants, and

(B) the cost of 2 return trips from the person?s residence to the location of the training facility, and

(xi) 50% of the cost of additional dependant care, to a maximum of $750 per month; and

(b) in the case of services, other than training,

(i) the costs of meals, transportation and accommodations incurred by the person in accordance with the rates set out in the Treasury Board Travel Directive, as amended from time to time, subject to the following conditions:

(A) if the means of transportation is a taxi, $5.00 shall be deducted from the cost of each trip unless the person?s mobility or cognition is severely impaired or the deduction would severely impede the person?s ability to access the services, or

(B) if the means of transportation is an automobile other than a taxi, the costs of transportation shall be paid at the rate applicable to employees of the public service of Canada who have requested the use of their own automobile plus 2 cents per kilometre and shall include the costs of parking,

(ii) if the person?s health needs in respect of the rehabilitation plan require the person to be accompanied by an escort while travelling, the costs of the escort?s meals, transportation and accommodations in accordance with subparagraph (i),

(iii) the remuneration of an escort referred to in subparagraph (ii) if the escort is not the spouse, the common-law partner or a dependent of the person or any other member of that person?s household, at a daily rate computed by dividing by 30 the sum of basic and additional pension payable for a spouse or common-law partner at the rate set out in class 1 of Schedule I to the Pension Act, as adjusted in accordance with Part V of that Act, and

(iv) the costs of additional dependant care, to a maximum of $75 per day.

(2) If a person receives rehabilitation services or vocational assistance in a country other than Canada, the costs referred to in paragraph (1)(b) are payable at the same rates and subject to the same conditions that are established for former members of the armed forces of that country for similar costs, or, if no such rates or conditions are established, at the rates and conditions that would be payable if the person were resident in Canada.

(3) The Minister may authorize the payment of costs at a rate that is higher than the rate set out in paragraph (1)(a) if the Minister is satisfied that the higher rate is necessary in order to provide an appropriate standard of service considering the location and availability of training and any special or extraordinary expenses associated with it.

SOR/2009-225, s. 6(E).

16. A claim for reimbursement must be made in writing within one year after the day on which the expenditure is incurred and must include proof of the expenditure.


Sylvain Chartrand CD:
Questions Sylvain Chartrand on Education Tuition and ELB

1. I had a meeting with the VP of SISIP. She informs me that the education tuition went from 20k to 25k. Is this the case with VAC currently? If not, when is that going to be implemented? Will it be retroactive to match SISIP?


Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) can pay for tuition to a maximum of $20,000 for a Veteran, spouse, or survivor who is participating in an approved Vocational Rehabilitation Plan or Vocational Assistance Plan.  However, VAC may authorize the payment of tuition costs, at a rate that is higher than the limit in certain circumstances having regard to the client's individual needs.  For Veterans who are released from service on medical grounds, this tuition amount may be paid in excess of any amount for tuition receive through SISIP Financial Services, if upon completion of the SISIP Vocational Rehabilitation Program the Veteran still has outstanding training related needs. VAC works closely with DND to help ensure that Veterans successfully re-establish in civilian life and have continuity of support as they transition from DND to VAC programs.


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