Next of Kin (NOK) travel entitlements when a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member dies


Queen's Regulations and Orders (QR&O) 1.02, 209.01, 209.02


When an officer or non-commissioned member (NCM) dies on service, next of kin (NOK) who are eligible may be entitled to have their travel and living expenses paid or reimbursed if they attend a military repatriation ceremony, a military funeral for the officer or NCM, an interment of the officer or NCM, a military memorial service, or attend meetings of a board of inquiry (BOI) into the circumstances of the death.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) shall authorize a military memorial service or a military repatriation ceremony if the CDS determines that it is in the best interests of the CAF.


Upon the death of a CAF Member, NOK, in respect of an officer or NCM means persons designated, in order of preference, as NOK by the officer or NCM, on a form that is approved by the CDS for that purpose. Primary NOK means the surviving NOK who is the highest in preference on the form referred to in the definition next of kin in QR&O 1.02.


Travel and living expenses include the following expenses that may be paid or reimbursed out of public funds: the actual and reasonable costs of transportation and accommodation, a meal allowance and an incidental expense allowance.

The maximum number of NOK and travel assistants who are entitled to receive payment or reimbursement under QR&O 209.02 is

  • for a military repatriation ceremony, 14
  • for a military funeral, 14
  • for an interment, 14
  • for a military memorial service, 6
  • for meetings of a BOI, 2


For more information, contact the Director Casualty Support Management (DCSM) at 1-800-883-6094.

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