On June 2nd, 2022, the federal government took an important step towards lifting disabled Canadians out of poverty by tabling Bill C-22
Disability Without Poverty is pleased to see the NDP motion calling on Government to table the Canada Disability Benefit Bill today. Over 1.4 million disabled people live in poverty across the country, and the Canada Disability Benefit presents the opportunity to help them live their lives with dignity.
Press release: Disability and food justice organizations call for immediate tabling of Canada Disability Benefit
We are at Day 36 and counting down to the summer break when Parliament rests, but poverty does not. Disabled Canadians are choosing to die because they cannot afford to live with dignity. People like Madeline are faced with this difficult choice every month.
73 members of Parliament called for the immediate re-introduction of the Canada Disability Benefit Act through an open letter on April 12, 2022. This multi-party cooperation is a promising sign that government is ready to work to ensure the building of a truly inclusive Canada.
Disability Without Poverty is disappointed-but not surprised-there was no reference to the Canada Disability Benefit in the federal budget today.