Building a More Accessible and Inclusive Community

I appreciated this article from Senator Chantal Petitclerc, a tireless advocate for the contributions people with disabilities have made to our society. She plays a definitive role in building a more inclusive society and inspires people to overcome their obstacles and achieve their full potential.

With Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, receiving Royal Assent in June there is much to do to alleviate the poverty conditions for people with disabilities. The Canada Disability Benefit Act creates a new supplemental income for people living with a disability, which seeks to support financial security for a community that is twice as likely to live in poverty.

The new Canada Disability Benefit has not been implemented yet. Cabinet must agree on a date when this legislation “comes into force” and then the regulatory process will begin. It is this process that will determine important elements of the Canada Disability Benefit, such as eligibility, the application process, appeals process, and the amount of the benefit. Importantly, the federal government has committed to co-designing this program with the disability community and has pledged to do so in the legislation. This legislation will make a difference for people with disabilities in their day-to-day lives, and move us closer to a more accessible and inclusive community.

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Heather Lacey

Experienced Non-Profit Executive Director

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