Fix the Canada Disability Benefit

In their 2021 platform, the Liberal party pledged they would introduce a benefit that would “reduce poverty among persons with disabilities in the same manner as the Guaranteed Income Supplement” – a $15 billion annual program that delivers a maximum amount of over $1,000 a month. 

Following significant delays from the federal government, in this latest budget they revealed their proposal: sadly, it didn’t live up to this promise, and didn’t reflect what the disability community had been calling for. 

Not only does their proposal delay the Canada Disability Benefit until July 2025, it is limited to folks who manage to qualify for the incredibly burdensome Disability Tax Credit, in clear violation of an amendment my team and I secured requiring the benefit to be barrier-free. Worse still, it only offers $200 per month, leaving our neighbours who rely on ODSP for their sole income $10,000 below the poverty line annually.  

People with disabilities deserve better.

If you agree, there is a way you can help – amplify the voices of the disability community by signing this petition and sharing it widely.

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Sign the Petition

Disability leaders in our community have initiated a petition that calls on the federal government to:

1. Fully fund the CDB to elevate all Canadians with disabilities out of poverty, mirroring the urgency seen with measures such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB);

2. Ensure automatic enrollment of Canadians with disabilities already receiving provincial and territorial supports into the CDB through automatic tax filing;

3. Strike down the use of the Disability tax credit (DTC) to determine eligibility to make it barrier-free;

4. Ensure the CDB is tied to an individual’s income and not household income;

5. Provide back payment to eligible CDB recipients covering the time from when the Canada Disability Act received royal assent (June 2023); and

6. Protect CDB recipients from private insurance and provincial government clawbacks.

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