Published Monday, November 24, 2014 1:38PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 24, 2014 3:50PM EST
The federal government and a private foundation will jointly donate up to $10 million for research devoted to health and wellness issues facing veterans and their families.
The announcement comes on the same day opposition MPs in Question Period accused the government of cutting services for veterans — despite having money budgeted to pay for them.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced the new funding Monday afternoon alongside Michael Burns, co-founder and vice-chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation.
The government’s half of the funding, $5 million, will go to the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) “to mobilize and promote the uptake of research to better address the health and wellness of Canadian Forces personnel, Veterans, and their families,” a government statement said.
The other half of the funds, collected through private donations to True Patriot Love, will support research and programming “designed to improve the mental health and well-being of this important and significant population.”
Funding research will lead to “evidence-based practices” and improved health care services for veterans, Ambrose said.
“Working together, through public and private partnerships like this, we can all help to make positive changes in the lives of our soldiers, Veterans, and their families,” she added.
The new funds will support the work of more than 1,000 researchers across Canada, Burns said.
The announcement comes a day after the federal government pledged $200 million in new funding to expand mental health services to veterans and their families, as well as to current Canadian Forces members.
Those funds will be spread out over the next six years.