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e-4988 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Mary-Jean Belanger from Chilliwack, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • People with disabilities often face barriers to employment along with higher costs associated with health care and housing;
  • Insufficient supports on current disability programs federally and provincially present a significant risk to life and health for people with disabilities;
  • The federal government has refused to provide people with disabilities with an interim Disability Emergency Response Benefit;
  • The government has yet to bring the Canada Disability Benefit (CDB) into force which is not starting the 12-month regulation time clock, which is delaying delivering the CDB; and
  • The future planned federal support of $200.00 a month starting in July 2025 to only the disabled people who qualify for the Disability tax credit (DTC) will still keep disabled people well below the poverty line.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to make each province and territory that receives a social transfer payment from the federal government, accountable for how they spend the money, how much the disabled people receive each month, and make them accountable to make sure the intended people for this money get their fair share, and it is not being spent on something other than social programs.
Open for signature
May 16, 2024, at 11:10 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 13, 2024, at 11:10 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Mark Strahl
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia