One in five people in Canada has a disability and greater than 1,000,000 Canadians with disabilities live in poverty. Individuals with disabilities in Canada have a better rate of unemployment and folks with severe disabilities earn lower than $13,000 per yr on average.
Existing supports usually are not even enough to cover housing and food.
Individuals with disabilities face many direct and indirect costs from having a disability including medical expenses, specialized equipment, creating accessible housing, and reduced earnings. The pandemic has only exacerbated these inequalities.
It’s time for change!
Green Party MP Mike Morrice has been working across party lines to advertise a Canada Disability Profit, a guaranteed income for individuals with disabilities that will lift a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals out of poverty. His goal is to fast-track the design and implementation of this critical profit, and to be certain that individuals with disabilities are involved every step of the way in which.
What are you able to do? Add your name now. Sign this letter to your Member of Parliament and ask them to support the tabling of a bill to re-introduce the Canada Disability Profit Act as soon as possible.