The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced $20 million in new funding to create a temporary Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund. This will provide financial support to Veterans organizations who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and who are in need of immediate support.
The global pandemic has had an impact on Veterans, their families, and the organizations that serve them. Many of these organizations are experiencing financial hardship and find themselves at risk of closure, which has complicated their ability to provide services to Veterans.
The $20 million will be provided in the form of grants to non-profit and charitable Veterans organizations, including The Royal Canadian Legion ($14 million), ANAVETS ($1 million), True Patriot Love ($1.5 million) and VETS Canada ($850,000) to cover a portion of their operating expenditures. These payments will all be made before the end of the year.
Additionally, an application process is now open for the remainder of this fund so that additional Veterans organizations affected by COVID-19 may access support.