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e-4777 (Social affairs and equality)

E-petition
Initiated by Mary-Jean Belanger from Chilliwack, British Columbia

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; and
  • The government has yet to bring the CDB into force which is not starting the 12-month regulation time clock, which is delaying delivering the CDB.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to bring the Canada Disability Benefit into force within two weeks from the date this petition is presented to the House.
Open for signature
January 30, 2024, at 3:16 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 29, 2024, at 3:16 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Mike Morrice
Kitchener Centre
Green Party Caucus
Ontario