Conservatives’ Plan to Break Down Barriers for Canadians Living with Disabilities

Today I was honoured to have the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, in Edmonton Centre to release his plan to break down barriers for Canadians living with disabilities.

One in five Canadians lives with a disability. People living with long-term conditions or disabilities were also among the most impacted groups during the pandemic, with more than one-third experiencing a temporary or permanent job loss or reduced hours.

For me, ensuring that people with disabilities have the support they need has been a very personal fight. My son Garrett was born with Muscular Dystrophy, which has led me to be a strong advocate for the disability community. I believe it’s important to see beyond the disability to what every individual’s ability is, and the suite of programs proposed in Canada’s Recovery plan helps to achieve just that. If you choose to work, you should never be worse off. Under the current system there are instances where if a person with disabilities chooses to work, they lose support and end up behind. This is wrong, and Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to change this.

Canada’s Recovery Plan will support Canadians with disabilities by:

  • Doubling the Disability Supplement in the Canada Workers Benefit from $713 to $1,500, providing a major boost to lower-income Canadians with disabilities on top of our increase in the Canada Workers Benefit.
  • Overhauling the complex array of disability supports and benefits to ensure that working always leaves someone further ahead and work with the provinces to ensure federal programs are designed to work with provincial programs to achieve this result.
  • Providing an additional $80 million per year through the Enabling Accessibility Fund to ensure:
    • Additional incentives for small business and community projects to improve accessibility.
    • Grants and support for all types of accessibility equipment that Canadians with disabilities need to work.
    • Enhancements to existing programs that will get more Canadians with disabilities into the workforce.
  • Reducing the number of hours required to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan from 14 to 10 hours per week.

If this is an issue you care about, then there is only one choice – Erin O’Toole and Canada’s Conservatives

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