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e-5035 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Jeffrey Salisbury from London, Ontario

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;
  • The proposed CDB restricts eligibility to individuals receiving the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), known for its many barriers;
  • There is a risk to life due to insufficient supports on current disability programs federally and provincially;
  • Canadians living with disabilities, on provincial and federal disability benefits, are struggling immensely with benefits significantly below the poverty line, the cost of living crisis and the ever increasing amount of homelessness;
  • The proposed CDB outlined in budget 2024 is not what the disability community called for, falling short of the government's promises and the disability community's needs; and
  • The proposed maximum amount of $200 per month is insufficient to alleviate poverty levels.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to
1. Fast-track Private Member's Bill C-403 though Parliament and the Senate;
2. Allow Canadians who qualify for a Provincial disability benefit or program Or CPP-D to automatically qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and the Canada Disability Benefit;
3. Ensure that the Canada Disability Benefit Is tied to the individual’s income and not household income;
4. Ensure the Canada Disability Benefit is raised to a level that actually brings Disabled Canadians above the poverty Line. Matching the level of GIS for a start;
5. Ensure that there are no clawbacks from provincial or territorial governments and private insurance companies; and
6. Ensure the Canada Disability Benefit does not end at 65 as disabilities do not end when someone turns 65.
Open for signature
June 18, 2024, at 1:07 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 16, 2024, at 1:07 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Blake Desjarlais
Edmonton Griesbach
New Democratic Party Caucus