The Canadian Government has traditionally assumed responsibility for the burial of Canadian Armed Forces members who died during battle and later, those who died as a result of war-related injuries. In the years following the Second World War and Korean War, benefits were expanded to Veterans who died without the financial means to provide for a dignified funeral and burial. The Last Post Fund (LPF) has been mandated to deliver the veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). The Program is governed by criteria set out in the Veterans Burial Regulations, 2005. An applications may be approved for assistance when three criteria are met: 1) Service Criteria; 2) Financial Criteria; and 3) Timing of Application (within 1 year of death).
An Application for funeral and burial assistance can be made through the Last Post Fund within one year following the death of a Veteran. An Application to pre-approve funeral and burial arrangements cannot be made prior to death.
Before approving assistance, the Last Post Fund will conduct a short interview with the Veteran's next-of-kin, executor or other responsible person to establish eligibility. When contacting the Last Post Fund it is recommended to have military service and financial information on hand to facilitate the application process.
Applications by Telephone or Mail
The Last Post Fund may be contacted by telephone or mail to request an official application. The offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Toll Free: 1-800-465-7113
401-505-Rene Levesque Blvd. W.