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If I am a veteran, what benefits are available to cover funeral expenses?

If you are a veteran who served with the Allied Forces during World War I, World War II, or the Korean Conflict, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs may cover expenses for basic funeral services (burial or cremation) and may pay for a specified casket, rental casket, cremation urn, a memorial monument, and GST.

The Last Post Fund will not cover such items as an organist, service folders or flowers, and some restrictions may apply regarding the burial site or cemetery location. Families may upgrade the basic service or type of casket at their own expense.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The total value of the veteran’s estate must not exceed $12,015 for a married veteran, plus $2,060 for each dependent child
  • Eligibility is calculated using both the veteran’s and spouse’s assets after funeral expenses, excluding the value of the house and one automobile
  • A veteran who is widowed, divorced or separated is treated as a single person and is eligible to an estate maximum of $5,000

Similar financial assistance is offered to deceased members of the National Defence of Canada to cover funeral expenses and a casket, to a maximum of $3,675 to $4,190.

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