How to Apply to the Board

The first step is to choose how you will proceed with regard to representation. Your representative will advise you on your case, make your application to the Board, and represent you at your hearing.

Bureau of Pensions Advocates

The Bureau of Pensions Advocates (BPA) offers free legal representation and represents the vast majority of Veterans at Board hearings. You can reach them at 1-877-228-2250, or visit their website.

Royal Canadian Legion

Service Officers from the Royal Canadian Legion also provide free representation. You can reach them at 1-888-556-6222 (ask for the Service Bureau), or visit their website.

Other options

Private representation

You can hire a private representative at your own cost. If you choose this option, your private representative must send us a letter stating: that they will be acting as your representative; the decision being appealed (decision number); the medical condition(s); and the applicable legislation.

Along with this letter, your representative should include this form, which you need to complete and sign. This will authorize us to release your personal information to your representative.

Representing yourself

You can represent yourself before the Board. If you choose this option, you need to send us a letter stating: that you wish you represent yourself; the decision being appealed (decision number); the medical condition(s); and the applicable legislation.

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