Caregiver assistance benefit

From: National Defence

If you become ill or injured as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces on operations in Afghanistan, and need childcare or other caregiver for your child or children, you may be reimbursed for the cost of a caregiver.

Who is eligible

You may be eligible if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • your illness or injury is from operations in Afghanistan
  • you have a dependent child physically living with you
  • a Canadian Forces Health Care Provider assesses that the injury or illness prevents you from taking care of your child or children the way that you did before
  • you’re not receiving pay and allowances from the:
    • Special Force
    • Regular Force
    • Reserve Force on Class B or C

What you need before you start

Visit your nearest Canadian Forces Health Services Clinic for a referral from a Canadian Forces health care provider. Once you receive a referral, contact your local transition centre.

Contact us for help

To get more information, visit your local transition centre or contact the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group by:


  • Canada wide toll free: 1-800-883-6094
  • National Capital Region: 613-995-1457
  • Worldwide via the Military network: CSN 995-1457
  • TTY/TDD: 1-800-467-9877

Contact a representative Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Eastern Standard Time. Our service standard is same day or next business day. All calls are confidental.


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