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e-4667 (Social affairs and equality)

E-petition
Initiated by Jeffrey Salisbury from London, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • People with disabilities often face barriers to employment along with higher costs associated with health care and housing;
  • The Canada Disability Benefit (CDB) was delayed for over two years as the first attempt to pass the law establishing the benefit, known as Bill C-35, was postponed due to the 2021 election;
  • The CDB will provide much-needed financial support for people with disabilities, many of whom live in poverty;
  • The minister responsible has told Canadians that implementing the CDB is expected to take a minimum of 18 months following Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, achieving Royal Assent on June 22, 2023;
  • Insufficient supports on current disability programs federally and provincially present a significant risk to life and health for people with disabilities across the country living in legislated poverty;
  • The federal government has refused to provide people with disabilities with an interim Disability Emergency Response Benefit;
  • Back payments are provided to eligible recipients for other disability benefits, such as the Disability Tax Credit and the Canada Disability Savings Grant; and
  • The government has yet to budget the necessary funds for the CDB into the federal expenditures.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to
1. Provide back payment to eligible CDB recipients covering the time from when the Canada Disability Benefit Act received Royal Assent to the date on which CDB payments commence; and
2. Budget the necessary funds for the CDB into the federal expenditures in Budget 2024 to demonstrate to the government’s commitment to providing the CDB to the disabled community as soon as possible.
Open for signature
November 3, 2023, at 11:58 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 1, 2024, at 11:58 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Mike Morrice (Kitchener Centre)
February 8, 2024 (Petition No. 441-02127)
Photo - Mike Morrice
Kitchener Centre
Green Party Caucus
Ontario