Determining Service Attribution for Medically Releasing Members

Each year, approximately 5500 members release from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).  Of that number, over 1500 are released for medical reasons. Generally, the process of release from the CAF is lengthy. For CAF members who are medically releasing and/or are ill or injured, the process is further fraught with the challenges of their individual struggles.


Progress report on the status of recommendations:

Recommendation 1

We recommend that the CAF determine whether an illness or injury is caused or aggravated by that member’s military service and that the CAF’s determination be presumed by VAC to be sufficient evidence to support an application for benefits.

Recommendation 1 status:  Not Accepted  Not implemented

For further details read the Ombudsman Message.



DND/CAF have indicated that they accept the recommendations.

Not Accepted

DND/CAF have not indicated that they accept the recommendations, or have indicated that they do not accept the recommendations.

Met / Implemented

Work completed to date fully or largely meets the intent of the recommendation, including circumstances where the recommendation has been implemented to the extent demonstrably possible within existing DND/CAF authorities.

Partially Implemented

Work is underway to address the substance of the recommendation, and it is reasonably probable that additional progress will be made;

Work began to address the substance of the recommendation, but one or more aspects of the recommendation have since become objectively un-implementable or overtaken by events.

Not Met / Not Implemented

Work to address the substance of the recommendation has not begun;

Work completed to date does not largely meet the intent of the recommendation, work started on implementation of the recommendation.

Unable to Assess

Insufficient information is available to make an assessment, including in circumstances where DND/CAF has not yet provided adequate responses.

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