MPP Oosterhoff Welcomes Introduction of Bill 202 in Support of Ontario Veterans

Published on September 17, 2020

Beamsville - A principled action to support a new generation of service men and women, the government of Ontario is introducing legislation to modernize the Soldiers’ Aid Commission and expand assistance to Ontario veterans of all ages and their families who are in financial need.

Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, introduced Bill 202, An Act to continue the Soldiers’ Aid Commission, yesterday, September 16, to widespread support from fellow elected members and veteran's advocates across the province. If passed, the legislation will allow the Commission to extend its support to all Ontario veterans, regardless of when and where they served.

"It's a sad reality that with each passing year, the number of living veterans who courageously served our nation decreases, and while we will never forget their bravery and sacrifice, it is time we honour a new generation of men and women in uniform," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

"My grandparents were liberated in the Netherlands by the Canadian Armed Forces and my family remains deeply grateful for the sacrifices of countless of Canadian soldiers. The newly introduced Soldiers' Aid Commission Act is a legislative measure that will ensure financial aid for all Ontario veterans. Minister Smith and I encourage all our colleagues in the legislature to stand shoulder to shoulder in support of Bill 202. Let us never forget."