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Bill C-22: A Step Forward for Disability Justice in Canada

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Bill C-22, also known as the Canada Disability Benefit Act, has been proposed as a federal income benefit that will reduce poverty and support the financial security of persons with disabilities. This is an important step forward for disability justice in Canada. However, the current version of the Bill is lacking in important specifics.

There are many important details missing from the text of the Bill, which could have a significant impact on how effective the Canada Disability Benefit (CDB) will be for people with disabilities. For example, the Bill does not specify who will be eligible for the CDB or what criteria will be used to determine eligibility. This is crucial information that needs to be clarified to ensure that those who are most in need of financial support receive it.

The amount of the CDB is also missing from the Bill. While it is important to ensure that the amount is adequate to support the financial security of people with disabilities, this information is not currently included. Without this information, it is difficult to determine the impact that the CDB will have on reducing poverty for people with disabilities.

Another important consideration is how the CDB will impact other provincial disability benefits. Currently, the Bill does not provide information on whether or not the CDB will be considered income and therefore impact eligibility for other benefits. This information is crucial for people with disabilities who rely on other provincial or territorial disability programs.

Finally, the Bill does not provide information on where to appeal if denied the CDB. It is important to ensure that there is a clear appeals process in place for those who are denied the benefit, to ensure that they have access to the support they need.

While the Canada Disability Benefit Act is a step forward for disability justice in Canada, it is important that the Bill be amended to include these important specifics. This will ensure that the CDB is effective in reducing poverty and supporting the financial security of persons with disabilities. It is crucial that the government listens to the feedback and concerns of people with disabilities and disability justice advocates and ensures that the Canada Disability Benefit Act is a comprehensive and inclusive solution for all those who need it.

If you are collecting short-term or long-term disability, please contact a member of our team at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LLP and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.
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