Message from the Ombudsman (December 7, 2012)

Ombudsman Welcomes the Amendment of the Accidental Dismemberment Insurance Plan for all Primary Reservists

I welcome the Government of Canada’s announcement today that it will amend the Accidental Dismemberment Insurance Plan for all Primary Reservists, regardless of their type of service. The amendment stems from recommendations made by the Ombudsman’s Office in 2008.
 

In our 2008 report entitled Reserved Care: An Investigation into the Treatment of Injured Reservists, the Office found some Reservists would receive only 40 percent of the amount of accidental dismemberment benefits of their Regular Force counterparts, representing a significant inequity in the benefits provided to Reservists.
 

At that time, we made it clear to the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces that the value of a leg, an arm or an eye should not be different for Canadian Forces members depending upon their class of service. This issue was again addressed in the Office’s latest follow-up report, Reserved Care: A Follow Up into the Treatment of Injured Reservists, released in November of this year.
 

I am very pleased that the Minister of National Defence has taken decisive action to resolve a grave unfairness. Canadian Forces personnel will now be compensated in the same way for the same injury.
 

We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of National Defence to resolving the remaining outstanding recommendations in the near future.
 

Pierre Daigle
Ombudsman

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