News - Disability

February 18, 2007
Over seven years ago, two Sudbury men, were denied disability benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act (ODSPA). Each man filed an appeal to determine whether in fact he met the...
Keywords: Disability, Legal Research, Ontario
February 18, 2007
Ottawa's transit committee is recommending the city continue a program that gives transit users with disabilities a discounted bus pass. The committee is also recommending that there be no universal...
Keywords: Disability, Ontario
January 7, 2007
The BC Association of Social Workers has called on the BC Government to respect a court ruling on youth with disabilities. The Appeal Court decision means that cutting off services to youth at age 19...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, British Columbia
January 7, 2007
A little over a year ago the Ontario McGuinty Government cut the Special Diet Policy under which huge numbers of people on welfare were able to obtain a little more money for food each month....
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
December 13, 2006
The United Nations has adopted the first Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The convention strives to end discrimination based on ability and includes any type of disbility from...
Keywords: Disability, Human Rights, International
November 3, 2006
Advocates and many others have been appalled by the abysmally low welfare rates in BC. The Raise the Rates Coalition was launched this spring by some community, faith and advocacy groups to call on...
Keywords: Disability, Organizing, Welfare, British Columbia
November 3, 2006
Ontario has increased the maximum monthly welfare cheque by 2% this month for Ontario Disability Support Program recipients and Ontario Works recipients. The Ontario Social Assistance Rate Increase (...
Keywords: Disability, Organizing, Welfare, Ontario
September 17, 2006
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published a report called, Community-Based Mental Health Services in BC: Changes to Income, Employment and Housing Supports (in PDF). The report...
Keywords: Disability, Mental Health, British Columbia
September 5, 2006
The Ontario government has promised that cheques will start going out in November to the 19,000 people who were left impoverished by backlogs in the Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP). In May,...
Keywords: Disability, Ontario
July 7, 2006
The Social Development Canada - Persons with Disabilities page offers information and links on government initiatives related to people with disabilities. Le Développement Social Canada - page pour...
Keywords: Disability, All of Canada
July 5, 2006
"Street Health is an innovative, community-based health care organization providing services to address a wide range of physical, mental and emotional needs in those who are homeless, poor and...
Keywords: Disability, Homelessness, Ontario
June 8, 2006
Ontario's ombudsman is calling on the province to pay millions to disabled people who have been denied support payments because of government delays. Read the 38 page Ombudsman's report (in PDF), a...
Keywords: Disability, Ontario
February 1, 2006
The Community Resources Office of the Saskatchewan Government has information about the province's disability policy.
Keywords: Disability, Saskatchewan
November 3, 2005
In a world of "full participation”, persons with disabilities would have equal access to the physical environments in which we work, live and play. Media and information would be equally available to...
Keywords: Disability, All of Canada
June 30, 2005
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy has released commentary on the proposals in the 2005 federal Budget that will help reduce costs, primarily through the disability tax credit and the medical...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
May 22, 2005
The Ontario government has just passed The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to create a more inclusive society by setting accessibility standards in both the public and private...
Keywords: Disability, Ontario
May 22, 2005
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is an organization established by a group of women with disabilities who felt that their needs and concerns were not being acknowledged or addressed within...
Keywords: Disability, Women, International
May 22, 2005
The ODSP Action Coalition is made up of community clinic caseworkers, agency staff, and community activists who undertake campaigns and activities designed to raise awareness of issues affecting...
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Ontario
January 23, 2005
The Technical Advisory Committee was appointed in April 2003 by the Minister of Finance and the Minister of National Revenue to address issues related to tax measures benefiting persons with...
Keywords: Disability, All of Canada
December 3, 2004
BC government released information indicating a rise in disibility payments. For more information the backgrounder to the BC government's decision can be downloaded.
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
October 17, 2004
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of...
Keywords: Disability, International
July 6, 2004
A result of the 2004 Provincial Budget, the Ministry of Community and Social Services announced a few details on the increase. The three per cent increase to the basic allowance and maximum shelter...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Ontario
July 6, 2004
The Alberta government is reviewing its disability benefits program. Many people are pressuring the government to raise the monthly assistance rate. While the government aggrees that $855 per month...
Keywords: Alberta, Disability, Welfare
July 6, 2004
A recent B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled that a government policy which bans people with severe disabilities from hiring relatives as personal care attendants is discriminatory. Frances Kelly, a...
Keywords: Disability, Human Rights, British Columbia
January 11, 2004
"This document provides a review of, and framework for understanding, disability definitions in key Government of Canada initiatives. Overall, the report illustrates and seeks to clarify the complex...
Keywords: Disability, All of Canada
September 2, 2003
The Ontarians With Disabilities Act (ODA) Committee is a voluntary coalition of individuals and community organizations who have united to secure the passage in Ontario of a new law which would...
Keywords: Disability, Ontario
August 29, 2003
The year-long persons with disabilities designation review process is complete and the vast majority of cases reviewed are eligible under the new criteria. The Employment and Assistance for Persons...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
August 29, 2003
"From the economic viewpoint, one can infer that poverty and disablement are synonymous with each other. What happens when poverty and disability are experienced at the same time?" Disablement and...
Keywords: Disability, Women, All of Canada
August 27, 2003
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) filed a case on July 30th, 2003 in BC Supreme Court on behalf of two women who signed repayment agreements under duress while receiving disability...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
June 12, 2003
The Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities tabled the report entitled Tax Fairness for Persons With Disabilities. In the report the standing...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
June 12, 2003
"While the financial and employment supports associated with the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) surpass those found in Ontario’s welfare program, large numbers of disabled people are...
Keywords: Disability, Ontario
April 29, 2003
PEI's new Provincial Budget has increased spending in welfare benefits and disability benefits. This is the link to PEI's budget document - page 6 tells of the increases.
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Prince Edward Island
April 27, 2003
Though slightly dated, the material in the submission and related documents in a British Columbia appeal to the Ministry of Human Resources on their decision on whether a relationship reached the...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
January 17, 2003
Health charities issued a news release expressing their outrage at the federal government's proposal to amend the Income Tax Act to further tighten the eligibility criteria for people who have...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
October 7, 2002
As of September 30, 2002, the Employment and Assistance Act and the Employment Assistance Act for Persons with Disabilities Act take effect in British Columbia. The BC Employment Assistance Manual...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
May 18, 2002
A report entitled Getting it Right for Canadians: The Disability Tax Credit by the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities has denounced a letter by Canada Customs and...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
October 6, 2001
The BC government announcement that the Ministry of Human Resources will provide a monthly nutritional supplement of up to $225 to Disability Benefits recipients who face chronic progressive health...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
October 6, 2001
Thursday, October 04, 2001 Press Release While we, of the fapg, applaud the Liberal government for making $225 per month available to persons living with severe medical conditions causing progressive...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
April 13, 2001
The provincial government is improving BC Benefits to provide better support for low-income people who are temporarily unable to work due to a medical condition. Under the current designation of "...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
August 1, 1999
Cecile Guay, long-time advocate for people with low incomes and disabilties, is the recipient of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award, presented to volunteer whose contributions provide...
Keywords: Disability, Organizing, Welfare, British Columbia