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Canada Disability Benefit: Ensure Your Voice is Heard

September 21, 2022

Inclusion Alberta is pleased to have seen Bill C-22, the foundational legislation to enact the new Canada Disability Benefit (CDB), reintroduced in the federal legislature in the spring and debated as their first order of business in the fall sitting this week. We now call upon all parties to fast-track the legislation of this non-partisan issue and move the debate quickly through the House of Commons and into the Senate.

This historic legislation would go a long way to help to reduce poverty among working-age Canadians with disabilities. As we all know, people with disabilities live disproportionately in poverty compared to people without disabilities in Canada. This disparity is growing wider and wider as inflation and the cost-of-living has increased dramatically in the recent months.

We are asking individuals with disabilities, families and allies to show your support of the Canada Disability Benefit by contacting your local Member of Parliament and urging them to vote in favour of Bill C-22. Click here to find your member of parliament and their contact details. By entering your postal code, you will then find your local MPs and their contact details, including their email address, where you can send an email on the importance of the Canada Disability Benefit and passing Bill C-22.

We have provided a sample letter as an example to use if you wish. Please feel free to add your own perspective and personal experiences to tailor the letter to your unique position. You can download the sample letter here.

Learn more about the Canada Disability Benefit here in Inclusion Canada‘s Canadian Disability Benefit Information Sheet.

Canadians with intellectual disabilities and their families need income security now. We need action now and a collective advocacy effort to make this happen.

Thank you for your support,

-Inclusion Alberta