Renos complete at Veterans Affairs office in Oromocto

Canada’s minister of veterans affairs was in Oromocto on Tuesday to announce that renovations aimed at modernizing the town’s Veterans Affairs Canada office are now complete.

Ginette Petitpas Taylor, as well as Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin, visited the office to kick off Veterans’ Week in the days leading up to Remembrance Day.

“Veterans and their families will benefit from these new improvements to the Oromocto area office, which supports our goal to provide them with high-quality services,” said Petitpas Taylor, who also serves as Canada’s associate minister of national defence.

“By enhancing local facilities, we will continue to be there for Canada’s veterans, former RCMP members, their families and caregivers.”

The renovations, part of a commitment by Ottawa to modernize workplaces to ensure public servants can better provide Canadians with critical services, expanded the reception area, waiting room and two additional, more functional interview rooms.

Officials said 60 people work at the Oromocto office, which opened at 286 Restigouche Road in February 2018, helping more than 6,000 clients access their VAC benefits and services.

During the renovations, VAC provided service online, over the phone and through in-person appointments at the Royal Canadian Legion and 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.

“The renovations and reopening of the Veterans Affairs Canada office in Oromocto is a testament to our engagement to providing the highest quality service to veterans in New Brunswick,” said Atwin.

“The office will continue to provide crucial, in-person support to veterans and their families so they can access the benefits and services they deserve.”

In-person services may be booked by appointment and will resume Thursday.

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