Under Erin O’Toole’s watch, as the Conservative’s Minister of Veterans Affairs, Veterans support offices were shuttered, and staff were laid off. When we formed government, we re-opened all nine offices, so our Veterans and their families had access to the personalized, quality services they deserve.
We have invested nearly $200 million to reduce wait times for Veterans and hired 350 additional staff. We also invested $140 million to ensure that Veterans don’t have to wait for their benefits to get high-quality mental health care.
A re-elected Liberal government will:
- Continue our work to reduce wait times and ensure Veterans and their families receive decisions on their applications in a timely manner.
- Invest the necessary resources to accomplish this, such as hiring more case workers and adjudicators, continuing to enhance disability benefit processing, and by enhancing innovative digital solutions.
- Ensure the benefit system and Veterans Affairs services are responsive and meet the needs of underrepresented Veterans including women, LGBTQ2, racialized, and Indigenous Veterans.