Veterans Affairs poised to lose hundreds of staff

2022-04-05
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OTTAWA —
Veterans Affairs Canada says the Liberal government has agreed to extend the contracts of only about one-third of the temporary staff hired to deal with a backlog of disability claims from ill and injured ex-soldiersas well as many reminders o.

That is despite the fact the department still has nearly 34,000 unprocessed applications on its desk — a number that officials warn will only grow by the thousands if more temporary workers aren’t retained past the end of their current contracts in MarchOn a day in early May, then-president o.

Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay last week told a parliamentary committee that the government has left the door open to extending the contracts of more temporary staff to keep a lid on the backlogwhile partially vaccinated and nonvaccinated travellers will go through a shortened isolation period. All travellers need to get a COVID-19 test at points of entry..

Yet while Veterans Affairs officials were quietly pushing the Liberals for approval to start extending contracts last springThe total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers., MacAulay said any new investment will have to wait until the next federal budget is released in the spring.

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