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BILL NO. 253

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
69 Elizabeth II, 2020


Private Member's Bill


Valour Fund Act


Murray Ryan

First Reading: March 9, 2020

Second Reading:

Third Reading:


An Act to Establish
the Valour Fund

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Valour Fund Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "Fund" means the Valour Fund established under Section 3;

(b) "Minister" means the Minister responsible for Military Relations.

3 (1) The Valour Fund is hereby established.

(2) Subject to Section 8, the Government shall contribute $200,000 to the Fund in each fiscal year.

(3) The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance to eligible veterans and their families to assist with the cost of

(a) health-related items, such as hearing aids, glasses, prescription drugs and dental care;

(b) medical appliances and equipment, such as assistive devices, wheelchairs and prosthetics;

(c) home-related items, such as rent, home repairs, moving expenses and furniture; and

(d) personal items, such as clothing and specialized support services.

(4) The Minister shall supervise the administration and management of the Fund.

4 To be eligible to receive financial assistance under the Fund, a veteran must

(a) be in need of financial assistance;

(b) be ordinarily resident in the Province; and

(c) have honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces.

5 (1) A veteran or a veteran's family member may apply to the Minister to receive a grant under the Fund in the prescribed manner.

(2) The Minister shall evaluate an application made under subsection (1) and, where the application meets the criteria prescribed by the regulations, provide a grant to the veteran.

(3) Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2), the Minister may provide a grant to a veteran without an application having been made pursuant to this Section if it has received a referral from Veterans Affairs Canada.

6 The maximum amount that may be granted to a veteran under the Fund is $2,000.

7 (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations

(a) prescribing application forms, processes and criteria;

(b) defining any word or expression used but not defined in this Act;

(c) respecting any matter or thing the Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to effectively carry out the intent and purpose of this Act.

(2) The exercise by the Governor in Council of the authority contained in subsection (1) is a regulation within the meaning of the Regulations Act.

8 The money required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.


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