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Petition to the Government of Canada for the Canada Disability Benefit

Disability Without Poverty has initiated a new petition to the Government of Canada to keep the Canada Disability Benefit as a national priority.

Petition Details:

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Poverty is exhausting and intrudes on all aspects of your daily life;
  • For people with disabilities, the added costs of being disabled increase the daily struggles;
  • 41 percent of the people living in poverty in Canada have a disability, a disproportionate amount, given that people with disabilities make up 22 percent of the population;
  • In a recent survey, 89 percent of Canadians agreed that a Canada Disability Benefit is the right thing to do and that the country should come together to dramatically reduce disability poverty;
  • The Canada Disability Benefit is a high priority legacy initiative;
  • This benefit will centre the needs of people with disabilities in the country’s pandemic recovery plans, addressing a longstanding gap in Canada’s social safety net while honouring its commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and
  • All-party support is anticipated for fast action to make Canada the first country to provide a livable income supplement for people with disabilities, as was done for seniors and children.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to place the implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit at the forefront of the political agenda by:
  1. Fast-tracking the design and implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit; and

  2. Actively and genuinely involving disabled people every step of the way to work alongside the government to make it happen.

For more information, or to sign the petition visit: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-3656

 

The petition closes for signature January 11, 2022 at 7:51 a.m. (MST).