Spousal Education Upgrade Benefit
Compensation and Benefit Instructions (CBI) 211.06
The Spousal Education Upgrade Benefit is intended to reimburse educational expenses to improve the employability of the spouse or common-law partner of an eligible catastrophically or non-catastrophically injured member.
In order for a spouse or common-law partner to be entitled to this benefit, a member must be assessed as having suffered on operations in Afghanistan, a permanent catastrophic impairment, and provided that he/she cannot partake in a Government sponsored federal tuition or vocational assistance program. The submission of an education upgrade plan by the spouse or common-law partner is required. There is provision for the reimbursement of educational upgrade expenses incurred between 07 Oct 2001 and 31 March 2011, on a case-by-case basis, if the request is submitted before the 31 March 2012. Reimbursement for expenses made under the Spousal Education Upgrade Benefit may limit additional benefits available under the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program.
This benefit for educational upgrade expenses for a spouse or common-law partner of up to $20,000.00 is reimbursed to the member.
The Point of Contact (POC) to determine eligibility and initiate a request for reimbursement is the local Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC).
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