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Re: VIP Benefit

Post by Guest on Mon 18 Apr 2016, 16:28

The VIP is indeed a grant that is paid twice yearly.

Once approved and the amount is approved they will deposit this amount into your bank account 6 Months from your first approval Month , and every 6 Months thereafter.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the fastest way to apply for VIP services?
The fastest way to apply is by using your My VAC Account. Other methods are also available, see How to Apply for more information.

2. What benefits are available to survivors or primary caregivers through VIP?
Eligible Survivors or Primary Caregivers may receive housekeeping and/or grounds maintenance benefits.

3. I am currently living outside of Canada; can I still receive my VIP benefits?
Unfortunately, VIP benefits can only be provided to you when you are in Canada.

4. Can I choose any provider of services?
You may obtain services from a provider of your choice.

5. How is my housekeeping/grounds maintenance grant calculated?
The amount of your Housekeeping and Grounds Maintenance grant is calculated based on your level of need and the going rates for the services in the area in which you live, up to the maximum annual amount. These rates are based on a review of costs of these services across the country, and the labour market index. This chart shows the costs of these services in 2016.

6. What are the VIP maximum annual amounts?
This PDF chart shows the maximum annual VIP amounts.

2016 Maximum Rates Payable for Veterans Independence Program and
Long Term Care Program Services
Long Term Care
Veterans Independence Program (VIP)
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
1. Effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, the maximum rates payable for Veterans Independence
Program (VIP) services are as follows:
Service Maximum Rate Payable
a) Home Care Services $10,572.47 per client per year, which includes up to the allowable maximum
amounts for grounds maintenance services, and personal care services as well
as the total amounts for housekeeping services, access to nutrition and health
and support services.
- Grounds Maintenance Services $1,475.22 per client per year
- Personal Care Services for
Veteran pensioners and civilian
pensioners also in receipt of
attendance allowance
An amount not to exceed the cost of service for up to 59 days per year
- Access to Nutrition $8.55 per client per meal
b) Ambulatory Health Care
$1,229.36 per client per year
c) Transportation Service $1,475.22 per client per year
d) Home Adaptations $6,048.87 per principal residence
e) Intermediate Care Service $148.12 per client per day
2. Effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, the maximum rates payable for VIP services for VIP Expansion
Survivors are as follows:
a) Housekeeping Services and
Grounds Maintenance
$2,855.77 per client per year
- Grounds Maintenance Services $1,475.22 per client per year
- Housekeeping Services An amount not to exceed $2,855.77 less the total amount approved for grounds
maintenance per year
3. Effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, the maximum rate payable for Adult Residential Care and
Intermediate Care is $148.12 per day.
4. Effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, the maximum rate payable for chronic care in a community
facility (other than in a contract bed) through the Long Term Care Program is $248.54 per day.
The maximum rates payable are adjusted annually on January 1 based on the Consumer Price Index. Although these
programs are governed by the Veterans Health Care Regulations, the actual calculation used to determine the increase is in accordance with Section 75(1)(3) of the Pension Act.


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VIP Benefit

Post by Pipes on Mon 18 Apr 2016, 15:52

Has anyone received the VIP benefit? From what I understand it is a Grant but how does it work? Do you have to submit claim forms? The VAC Website is not very clear and leaves more questions and befuddlement.

I have applied and it has been 7 months and yet no word on it yet other than the Regional office is working on your application and it should be completed soon. I guess waiting 7 months is not considered soon.

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