Stakeholder Engagement Highlights Winnipeg, MB

On March 20, 2017, the Veterans Ombudsman held a stakeholder meeting in Winnipeg, MB. Representatives from various groups and organizations that support Veterans and their families in the Winnipeg area attended the event.

Highlights:

Complexity

  • The complexity of VAC's benefits and application process and the resultant added stress on Veterans and their families, both during and post-transition, was noted by several participants.
  • This is compounded by the challenge of getting Veterans’ service records quickly.

Turnaround Times

  • Turnaround times for disability awards are too long with several Veterans noting wait times of over 60 weeks.

Priority Hiring

  • It was suggested that VAC hold seminars for transitioning members on how to apply for Public Service Priority Hiring.

Employment Opportunities

  • Concerns were raised regarding the lack of notice for the Invictus Games’ Job Fair.

Veteran’s ID Card

  • All in attendance wondered why there is not yet a Veteran's ID card given all the publicity on this topic.

Attendees:

  • Canadian Armed Forces representatives
  • Integrated Personnel Support Centres (IPSC)
  • Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) Winnipeg Peer Support
  • Winnipeg Family Peer Support
  • RCMP Veterans Association
  • ANAVETS Association, Manitoba
  • Royal Canadian Legion Manitoba and North Eastern Ontario
  • Mayor of Winnipeg representative
  • VOAC Member
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