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Proposed changes to the Permanent Impairment Allowance

Post by Guest on Sun 08 May 2016, 15:51

Upcoming enhancement to the Permanent Impairment Allowance financial benefit

The Government of Canada is proposing an enhancement to expand access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA). This monthly allowance is paid to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans who have a permanent and severe impairment resulting from a service-related injury or illness that has affected their employment potential and career advancement.

The Permanent Impairment Allowance is payable at three grade levels. A number of factors are considered when assessing the grade level of a Veteran eligible for PIA.

The proposed changes would measure the factors related to employability and career advancement, by introducing an individual assessment. The assessment would measure the impact a service-related impairment has on a Veteran’s career advancement opportunities, and consider years of service, to determine Permanent Impairment Allowance grade level. No Veteran will receive less money as a result of this assessment.

If approved, this proposed enhancement to the Permanent Impairment Allowance will come into effect on April 1, 2017. At that time, the program name will also be changed to Career Impact Allowance (from Permanent Impairment Allowance) to better reflect the intent of the program, which is to compensate for loss of employment potential and career advancement opportunities.

The proposed changes deliver directly on the mandate commitments of the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. They are among the first steps in working to improvement benefits and services offered to Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families.

Example of a Veteran who could benefit from this change:

Kimberly is a Veteran who released after four years in the military. She meets the eligibility requirements for the Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA) due to a service-related injury. Based on the current method of assigning grade levels, Kimberly has been assigned a grade three PIA. With the new individual assessment, which would take into account Kimberly’s assessed earning capacity and the fact that her military career was cut short and therefore she lost military career advancement opportunities, she would receive additional funds.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/legislation/proposed-changes

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by Guest on Tue 05 Apr 2016, 13:58

Sproctor I think that VLAF (Veterans Legal Assistance Fund) is for low income Veterans.

Qualifying for it is a nightmare.

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by srproctor on Tue 05 Apr 2016, 10:58

Bill C-12, when it becomes law, will make their actions enforceable through the courts if they refuse to honour them. With the VLAF (Veterans Legal Assistance Fund) available for pro bono work on behalf of veterans, if they get to stepping... they won't be able to get far.


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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by Ex Member on Tue 05 Apr 2016, 09:44

I agree with Sparrow....the changes to wording are for future reasons. It is the calm before the storm. Wait for it.

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by 6608 on Thu 31 Mar 2016, 00:20

Bigrex, apparently they are taking the cost up front here is a quote

" Based on current projections of demand for the programs, the Government
expects that $1.6 billion over five years, starting in 2016–17, would flow to
veterans and their families in the form of higher direct payments. However,
public sector accounting standards require that the present value of all
increased future payments to eligible recipients be recognized up front when
changes are made to veterans benefit plans. The budgetary expense associated
with the increase in benefits for eligible recipients amounts to $5.6 billion over
six years, starting in 2015–16."





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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by bigrex on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 21:35

No problem Cosmo. It is only normal to assume that when something is announced in a budget, that it would be enacted once the budget is passed, or at least shortly afterwards, within reason. To me, 13 months later is not a reasonable expectation.

I'm just trying to figure out where all the money is going to go. The budget allotted for $3743 million this 2015/16 fiscal year, that ends in 2 days, $438Million, for this coming fiscal year, 2016/17, and $421million for the fiscal year after that. But if the larger planned financial expenditures, the lump sum top up, and CIA expansion, aren't even going to happen until the 2017/18 fiscal year, why did the budget not demonstrate that fact?
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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by cosmo12 on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 17:47

Sorry bigrex, i missread

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by Teentitan on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 17:21

A possible reason for the CIA changing in 2017 might be due to the Equitas lawsuit. This was one of the points of the lawsuit and on 1 May the GoC and Equitas go back infront of the BC judge. If it's accepted then it has to go thru the legislative process.

Something had to be in writing before 1 May to show the judge the "framework" is on the books and the rules will most likely be presented at that time by VAC for the judge to decide.

Just speculating....
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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by bigrex on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 17:01

Coming into Force

37 (1) Sections 1, 2, 4, 6 to 18 and 20 to 35 come into force on April 1, 2017.
    (2) Sections 3, 5 and 19 come into force on October 1, 2016.

So sections 18 is

18 The Act is amended by replacing “permanent impairment allowance” with “career impact allowance” in the following provisions:
(a) the definition compensation in subsection 2(1);
(b) the heading before section 38;
(c) the portion of subsection 38(1) before paragraph (a) and subsection (1.‍1);
(d) the portion of section 39 before paragraph (a);
(e) subsection 40(1);
(f) the description of B in subsection 40.‍1(4);
(g) the description of B in subsection 40.‍2(4);
(h) subsection 40.‍5(1);
(i) the portion of subsection 88(4) before paragraph (a);
(j) paragraph 94(e); and
(k) items 1 and 2 of Schedule 2.


So the sections that are coming into force in October are

3 The description of A in subsection 19(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:
A is 90% of the veteran’s imputed income for a month; and


5 Subsection 23(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

Amount of benefit

23 (1) Subject to the regulations, the monthly amount of an earnings loss benefit under section 22 that is payable in respect of a member or a veteran is 90% of the member’s or veteran’s imputed income for a month.
Period before October 1, 2016


19 (1) For greater certainty, the amount of an earnings loss benefit that is payable in respect of a period before October 1, 2016 is to be determined in accordance with subsection 19(1) or 23(1) of the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and the regulations made under subsection 19(2) or 23(4) of that Act, as those provisions of that Act and those regulations read during the period in respect of which the benefit is payable, regardless of the date on which the benefit is paid.

Period after September 30, 2016
(2) The amount of an earnings loss benefit that is payable in respect of a period after September 30, 2016 is to be determined as if subsections 19(1) and 23(1) of the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and the regulations made under subsections 19(2) and 23(4) of that Act — as those provisions of that Act and those regulations read during the period in respect of which the benefit is payable — had been in force since April 1, 2006, regardless of whether or not the veteran or the member’s or veteran’s survivor or orphan was in receipt of an earnings loss benefit before October 1, 2016.
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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by cosmo12 on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 16:28

Changes to PIA should be sooner then that, the bill doesnt say anything about this Bigrex we all have to wait and see this bill go thru the house of commons and see the regulation soon after.

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by bigrex on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 16:21

Well, the ELB portion of this is going to change as of October 1st. The changes to PIA, and lump sum top up aren't going to happen until April 1, 2017. There will be a new budget tabled before most of these changes even occur. which is BS, IMHO. If your going to announce changes as part of a budget, the changes should have to be made in that fiscal year.
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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by srproctor on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 13:05

Yes..I agree completely.

 I am just installing the app for the RRS feed on the Bill C-12.  I suggest you all do the same to be given a time line for this.

    Check out the Bill C-12 for the updates...below is link.  Unfortunately, because I am a new member, I am not able to post an external link.  So, to trick this computer program into thinking that I am not uploading a link, I simply removed the "www" of the http.


parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Bills/421/Government/C-12/C-12_1/C-12_1.PDF


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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by bigrex on Wed 30 Mar 2016, 11:11

Proctor, the amounts for CIA and supp are not going to change. They are set out in schedule 2 of the NVC legislation. C-12 only changes what they are called. The only thing we are not sure of, is how they are going to determine the various levels, but we might have to wait until it comes into force before the regulations are made public.
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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by srproctor on Tue 29 Mar 2016, 22:30

Just edited the post. I did say 20% increase. The ELB is not a 20% increase. It is 15%. Thanks.

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Re: Career Impact Allowance (CIA)

Post by Ex Member on Tue 29 Mar 2016, 22:10

What got increased 20 percent?

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