October 22, 2018 – Montreal – Veterans Affairs Canada
Research and innovation are vital to continually improving the well-being of Veterans and their families. The Government of Canada created the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund to support the creation of innovative services, supports and projects to help Veterans to make smoother transitions to their life after service.
Applications for the 2018-2019 year of funding closed in June 2018 and Veterans Affairs Canada has selected 21 projects across Canada that will receive funding from the 155 applications submitted. The $3 million funding will support research and initiatives to find solutions to the issues that our Veteran community faces.
The announcment was held at Old Brewery Mission one of the successful applicants for the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.Their specific funding will go towards Opération Chez Toit, will help homeless Veterans with issues of shelter, employment, mental health, transition into life after service, and more.
“The best ideas come from pushing harder—thinking bigger. That is what the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is about, fostering innovation. Driving innovation. With more than 150 organizations applying this year alone, the wave of interest is more than inspirational—it’s a testament to Canada’s commitment to Veterans and their families. Together with the 21 organizations that were selected to receive funding this year, we will drive innovation and new ideas.”
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is part of the new supports and benefits in Budget 2017 that are focused on improving the well-being of Veterans and their families.
The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund will distribute $3 million annually to organizations across Canada.
The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is a resource for organizations focusing or working on research, or initiatives and projects tailored to improve the well-being of Veterans and their families.
155 applications were received seeking more than $109M. The application process for 2019-2020 will open early in 2019.