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Canadian Forces Income Support

Are you having financial difficulties because of low or no income? The Canadian Forces Income Support is a tax-free, monthly benefit to help low-income Veterans, survivors, and dependent children.

About this program

The Canadian Forces Income Support is a tax-free monthly benefit. It helps low-income CAF Veterans who no longer qualify for the Income Replacement Benefit, after participating in the Rehabilitation program.

For the purposes of this program, VAC measures your household income according to the Statistics Canada Formula. This formula takes any taxable income you are currently earning or any government benefits you receive into consideration.

Do you qualify?

You should apply for Canadian Forces Income Support if you:

  • are a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces,
  • have a low household income,
  • are looking for work or participating in the Career Transition Services program, and
  • no longer qualify for the Income Replacement Benefit.

As a survivor or dependent child you continue to receive this benefit. Learn more about Canadian Forces Income Support - Survivors.

How to apply

Apply online

If you are registered for My VAC Account, you can submit your application for this benefit online. If you aren't registered, you can register now.

My VAC Account

Mail or in person

Download the application form. Then, drop it off at a VAC Office or CAF Transition Centre. You can also mail your completed form directly to the address listed on the form.

Go to form

Get help with your application

The staff at any VAC office or CAF Transition Centre can assist you, or call us at 1-866-522-2122.

Additional information

Find out more

Statistics Canada Formula: To measure low household income.

See the current rates for this program: The amount you receive depends on if you are single, married, and if you have any children. The benefit is also adjusted on a quarterly basis to keep pace with changes in the consumer price index.

Related programs

Canadian Forces Income Support - Survivors: Monthly payments to survivors or dependents of a deceased CAF Veteran who was receiving CFIS

Veterans Emergency Fund: Prompt assistance for eligible Veterans and their families who are facing an unexpected financial emergency.

Income Replacement Benefit: For Veterans using Rehabilitation services, you may qualify for this benefit to support your income.

Income Replacement Benefit for survivors and orphans: For dependants of a CAF member or Veteran whose death was related to their service.

Frequently asked questions

If I apply for the benefit and get declined, can I appeal?

Yes. If you are not satisfied with a decision you may apply in writing for a review. Learn more about your review and appeal options.

Are there policies for this program?

Yes. Read more about the Canadian Forces Income Support policies.