Justin Trudeau has kept a campaign promise to re-establish a veterans affairs office in Prince George. Today Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr announced the new office will open on Victoria Street in the spring. Hehr says the office opening is part of a $5.6 billion program to improve benefits and services for Canadian veterans.
“I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to Veterans and their families here in Prince George,” said Hehr. He added, “they have selflessly answered the call to serve our country, and now we are answering their call by enhancing financial benefits, restoring and expanding access to critical services, expanding service in British Columbia and the territories, and hiring more frontline staff.”
The Prince George office was one of nine across the country that was closed by the previous Conservative government. Five staff members will be hired at the Prince George office. They’ll be able to answer questions about services and benefits for veterans. And they’ll be able to arrange pension medical examinations and assist Veterans to complete and submit applications and receipts. It’s expected the staff will serve approximately 1,200 veterans living in the region.