News - Disability

January 12, 2016
The Disability Alliance BC has put together an update on the changes to the Disability Tax Credit application. See the attached letter and their website for more information.
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
March 5, 2015
Welfare rates in BC have not increased in eight years and recipients are increasingly finding that as prices in BC continue to rise, getting by on the existing rates is virtually impossible. The BC...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
September 25, 2014
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has changed their name to Disability Alliance BC. They also have a new logo and tagline that they hope with speak to the importance of building...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
July 17, 2014
There are serious problems at the Social Security Tribunal and the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, especially for people trying to appeal decisions on their ineligibility for this disability...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
June 6, 2014
The B.C. auditor general’s recent report, "Disability Assistance: An Audit of Program Access, Integrity and Results", indicates that B.C. adults who have developmental disabilities — such as Down...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
April 14, 2014
A single mother with one child receives $945 a month in income assistance or $1,242 in disability assistance. If she receives any child-support money from an ex-partner, the government reduces her...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Women, British Columbia
March 13, 2014
Over the last few months, the provincial government has been consulting on issues impacting people with disabilities. CLAS, BCCPD, Inclusion BC, BCANDS, CMHA-BC and SPARC BC have prepared a joint...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
February 17, 2014
Bonnie Sherr Klein is a documentary filmmaker and long-time activist in the feminist and disability movements. In this lecture at UBC Law (the 2014 Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice) she shares...
Keywords: Disability, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada
December 3, 2013
Today on International Day for Persons with Disabilities take a look at the work of organizations in BC that are working for the rights of people with disabilities including the BC Coalition of...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
September 24, 2013
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario has launched the Reimagining Accessibility Design Challenge to challenge students to redesign the traditional disability symbol of a wheelchair and create a more...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Disability, All of Canada
August 7, 2013
Throughout the winter and spring of 2013, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) conducted wide-ranging consultations to gather input on Canadians’ views on the social determinants of health. Public...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Mental Health, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
January 9, 2013
British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal has awarded more than $15,000 to an elderly woman who said she was discriminated against when her apartment building’s landlord refused to construct a ramp....
Keywords: Disability, Human Rights, Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
December 4, 2012
The Globe and Mail and CBC's As it Happens have reactions and analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark decision that held that severe learning disabled students are entitled to the same...
Keywords: Disability, Education, British Columbia
November 19, 2012
Earlier this month the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision that held that severe learning disabled students are entitled to the same access to education as students without...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Education, British Columbia, All of Canada
January 16, 2012
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities' Robin Loxton has written an article in Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addictions Journal on the various benefits available to people who are on Persons with...
Keywords: Disability, Mental Health, Welfare, British Columbia
July 8, 2011
In BC, according to provincial legislature if you qualify as a "persons with disabilities" and perform at least 10 hours of volunteer work a week, you are eligible for a volunteer supplement. But...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
April 28, 2011
The B.C. Community Living Action Group (BC-CLAG) has released its report Reaching Out, Weighing In which is the result of broad based community discussions, including two major public forums hosted...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
January 7, 2011
Over the past year, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities has been working with a number of community organizations in British Columbia through the BC Personal Supports Council to discuss the...
Keywords: Disability, Technology, British Columbia
December 17, 2010
The Globe and Mail reports on what advocates have been reporting for months: problems with BC's welfare phone helpline have been creating long delays in payment, acceptance for welfare and disability...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
November 18, 2010
Nova Scotia's Auditor General has found problems with government services for persons with disabilities, provincial rental housing programs and government registries.
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, Housing, Nova Scotia
November 4, 2010
In a 2:1 decision, the BC Court of Appeal ruled against the Moore family in this important equality case. The case arose when the North Vancouver School District closed the only intensive...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
July 27, 2010
Article from about the ramification on poor people of the conservative government's getting rid of the long census form: Sam Boshra, a former analyst for Statistics Canada, puts it this way...
Keywords: Disability, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
May 13, 2010
The BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development has released a report explaining the decline in the Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers caseload. The Ministry claims that the caseload...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia
March 31, 2010
The BC Liberals are cutting dental support, medical diagnostic equipment, and birth control for the disabled and those on welfare. The $75 monthly Shelter Allowance for people who don’t pay rent will...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, Health, Homelessness, Welfare, British Columbia
March 25, 2010
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
March 8, 2010
Tens of thousands of people who receive the special diet program may see more money from the governement as a result of a recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling, but poverty activists fear the...
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Ontario
February 8, 2010
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
December 9, 2009
Last week HandyDart riders flooded the Translink head office to protest in support of striking drivers. The riders say that the quality of service has gone down since an American company took over...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
January 26, 2009
Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities 2008 is the sixth annual federal progress report on disability. It provides an overview of key initiatives that federal departments have...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
January 26, 2009
The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is a focal point within the Government of Canada for key partners working to promote the full inclusion and participation of Canadians with disabilities in all...
Keywords: Disability, All of Canada
August 13, 2008
A disabled activist and member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty has received an apology from a Toronto restaurant who discriminated against him. The manager at the Everest restaurant had told...
Keywords: Disability, Organizing, Ontario
August 4, 2008
Pivot Legal Society, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and the United Native Nations have filed a human rights complaint against the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association...
Keywords: Disability, Homelessness, Human Rights, Indigenous, British Columbia
February 13, 2008
The Caledon Institute has released a policy paper, Canadians Need a Medium-Term Sickness/Disability Income Benefit (in PDF) discussing the possibility of a new sickness or disability benefit. The...
Keywords: Disability, Health, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
July 13, 2007
Go to Ontario Disability Support Program for information and links on how to apply for the program.
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Ontario
July 3, 2007
The ODSP Action Coalition is seeking support for the demands they are making for the October Ontario provincial election. Read CLEONet's story about the campaign for more information.
Keywords: Disability, Organizing, Ontario
April 20, 2007
Manitoba has announced a four year program called "Rewarding Work" for welfare recipients. Read more in the CBC article, "Manitoba initiatives aim to break down 'welfare wall'" and in the Manitoba...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Manitoba
April 11, 2007
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities has produced a paper entitled Who Benefits? How disability benefits are failing British Columbians (45 pages, in PDF) and a Summary (10 pages, in PDF)....
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
April 11, 2007
Information and Analysis on the PEI Budget: 2007 PEI Budget Address Highlights of the PEI Provincial Budget (in PDF) CBC article - "Disability advocate fears increase not enough" CBC article - "...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, Prince Edward Island
March 26, 2007
The Community Advocates Network in Halifax has put together a mini manual for people navigating the income assistance program called Social Assistance and You (in PDF). You can download chapters of...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, Nova Scotia
March 26, 2007 - PEI Council of People with Disabilities speaks out on issues such as housing, education, employment, transportation, human rights and access to support services, for people...
Keywords: Disability, Prince Edward Island