by Heidi Riley
Veterans Affairs Canada is a federal department with its head office in Charlottetown.
Veterans Affairs Canada makes decisions on behalf of veterans who served in WWII, the Korean War, or current or past RCMP members. When there are disability benefits involved that are related to their service, Veterans Affairs Canada plays a part in obtaining benefits for them.
One division of Veterans Affairs Canada is the Bureau of Pensions Advocates (BPA). If the veteran does not agree with the decision of Veterans Affairs as to benefits, BPA’s lawyers advocate for the veteran and try to obtain the benefits the veteran is entitled to. Veterans in disagreement with their disability claim can use the services for free.
Once the lawyer reviews the case, they will determine if the client has a case or if there is not enough information to proceed. If the BPA does not resolve the case the way the veteran is hoping for, they can take their case to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board.
There are 11 BPA offices across Canada.
Teams working at BPA
- The Operations team provides statistics, policy and monitoring and support lawyers in their hearings.
- The Learning team does the onboarding for the BPA and helps with the courses and training employees need to be part of Veterans Affairs Canada and BPA.
- The Digitization team works exclusively on scanning files so that employees can work remotely and have access to files.
- A temporary team that is trying to improve the structure of the organization of the BPA.
Student positions within BPA
- BPA hires students during the school year to work part time hours. In the summer, students can work 37.5 hours per week.
- After students are hired with BPA, they could do a number of duties.
How to apply
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more about Veterans Affairs Canada, visit www.veterans.gc.ca
For more about the Bureau of Pensions Advocates, visit https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/veterans-rights/how-to-appeal/bureau-pension-advocates
For more information about applying to the federal government, visit https://employmentjourney.com/public-service-of-canada-the/