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Basic Income Resources

Canadian Disability Benefit Resources

The Pulse on AMI-audio Podcast: Explaining Bill C-35

In this podcast, Carla Qualtrough, Minister for Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion and Jewelles Smith, Communications & Government Relations Officer for the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, joins to discuss Bill C-35. If enacted, the Bill would create a federal disability support benefit for working-age adults with disabilities.

Angus Reid Institute: Survey of Canadians Living with Disability Underlines Relative Poverty

Recognizing the challenges faced by Canadians with disabilities — problems that have only been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic — the federal Liberal government laid out plans to help in its September 2020 Speech from the Throne. This article reviews the government’s promise for a new Canadian Disability Benefit, modelled after the seniors’ guaranteed income supplement.

Disability without Poverty Resources

Basic Income Canada Youth Network: What is Basic Income?

This article communicates basic income as an unconditional cash transfer from government to individuals to enable everyone to meet their basic needs, participate in society, and live with dignity - regardless of work status. It is a simple, common-sense alternative to a social welfare system that is full of gaps and problems. Read more to learn about its significance, effectiveness, costs, and the programs a national basic income program could replace.

The Basics of Basic Income – Dr. Evelyn Forget

In this webinar video, Dr. Evelyn Forget describes basic income as a regular, predictable and unconditional payment that everyone would receive. All adults, whether they’re working or not working, whether their income is low or high. And that’s a very expensive proposition. But the idea is that the government would receive back some of the costs of delivering that basic income through the tax system, it would be a taxable benefit. That’s never gained a lot of traction – that is the version of basic income in Canada.

BC Disability: Canada Disability Benefit

Canadians with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty than those without disabilities, a situation that has been made even worse by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This post includes a press release revealing the Government of Canada’s plan to ensure an inclusive recovery that “leaves no one behind” through a new Canada Disability Benefit.

The Power of Disability Podcast: A Below the Radar Series

This podcast highlights what history has overlooked: the incredible contributions of people with disabilities. Join host Al Etmanski who brings us enlightening conversations featuring guests with disabilities who have been influential in arts, activism, science, and more.

Statement on the Introduction of Bill C-35, The Canada Disability Benefit Act

In this statement, Minister Qualtrough’s commitment to following through on the government’s promise to create the Canada Disability Benefit is recognized. Bill C-35 establishes the legislative framework for a new federal income support benefit to support working age adults with disabilities and will supplement – not replace – existing federal and provincial/territorial income supports people with disabilities receive.

Poverty - Just the Facts

Nearly five million people in Canada – that’s one out of every seven individuals – currently live in poverty. Poverty is a widespread issue across the country and the world, but vulnerable groups such as people living with disabilities, single parents, elderly individuals, youth, and racialized communities are more susceptible. This article conveys the effects of poverty and how it is expressed in different aspects of a person’s life, including food security, health, and housing.

Disability Democracy Podcast: How our Healthcare System Turns Disabled People into Paupers

“There are supports in our healthcare system for people with disabilities, but these programs are also traps that drive our disabled towards poverty. It is August 2020 and I, Steven Davis, must re-certify again that my 6-year old son, Geoffrey, is destitute and that our family doesn’t make too much money. I have to prove this each year to keep his medical program active.” Listen to the full podcast to hear more of Davis’ story and his family’s experiences with the current healthcare system and supports implemented.

Breezy Breakfast Radio Hour Podcast: For Disability Justice

This podcast episode features a panel of local disability activists: Erin Caton, Mike Greer, and Christina Faith Cameletti. They talk about the systemic barriers people with disabilities face, including poverty wages through Ontario Works and ODSP; a narrowed housing market due to inaccessible units; and overall anti-disability stigmatization. A better, more just, accessible world is possible. To make it happen would require a significant re-thinking of city planning, health care, governance, and community.

The Pulse Interview: Fighting Disability Assistance Cuts, with Kier Gray (300ToLive)

BC has partly reversed cuts to its Covid disability top up, lifting rates $175/mo. But in this interview, @300T0Live organizer Kier Gray explains how BC still keeps people with disabilities far below the poverty line.

Disability Action Hall: Will the Canada Disability Benefit Act Benefit You?

The Canada Disability Benefit Act’s main objective is to reduce poverty and to support the financial security of persons with disabilities. Will the benefit help you? Learn more about the Act to find out. Now is the time for you to let people know what it could look like.

The Disability Benefit We Want and Need – Dr. Michael Prince

In this webinar video, Dr. Michael Prince reviews the government’s response to the long-standing changes for persons with disabilities to access adequate programs and benefits. He voices how people need to get educated to be able to tell the federal government what the disability community wants, how the Canadian Disability Benefit should be shaped and how it can best serve the interests of people who live the reality every day. 

Finandicap: The First Handicap is Poverty

Faced with the challenges experienced by people with disabilities in Canada and Quebec, the federal Liberal government presented measures to support them. The government has since embarked on a new allowance modelled on the Guaranteed Income Supplement for Seniors program. This article goes over a survey that was conducted to find out the support and need for the benefit by the disability community. “We must act: remember that more than 40% of poor people in Canada are disabled,” contextualizes Guillaume Parent, national director of the movement Le Handicap sans Poverty.

The Inequality of Poverty: People with Protected Characteristics More Likely to be Paying a Poverty Premium

This article discusses how people on low incomes and with certain protected characteristics are more likely to be paying extra costs for essentials such as electricity, gas, credit, and insurance according to research commissioned by Fair By Design. This is the case even when compared with low income households as a whole.

Rethinking Development Podcast: Disability, Poverty, and Society

Shuaib Chalklen is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and currently serves as the Regional Coordinator for their Inclusion Works Program. In this podcast episode, he speaks about: transitioning from being a community organizer and activist to a policy maker, the medical vs.

Disability Alliance BC: Advocacy Access Brochure

Advocacy Access has been a place of support, information and advocacy for people with disabilities since 1989. Their mission is to help clients receive the government benefits and services to which they are entitled. They help people access provincial and federal disability benefits, and medical services and supplies available to PWD/PPMB recipients. Their advocates help with applications and appeals related to these benefits. This brochure describes some of the ways their advocates can assist you.

Included Podcast: The Economic Cost of Ableism and Racism

Nanette Goodman researches economic outcomes of people with disabilities, and she recently examined this issue through the lens of intersectionality. She shares her staggering findings in this podcast episode: people with disabilities are twice as likely than those without to live in poverty, and this proportion increases substantially for disabled people of colour. Nanette expertly guides the hosts through her data to expose the inequities and injustices facing multiply-marginalized people with disabilities. 

Intersectionality and Economic Justice Webinar

Widespread financial precarity for women of colour with disabilities existed before the pandemic. Race, gender, and disability impact financial stability in complex ways. This article explores how institutional barriers that limit earning and wealth building cause disabled women of colour to be more likely to be unbanked, use alternative financial services, have medical debt, lack access to affordable health care, and experience food insecurity.

Poverty and Disability Resources

Disability Without Poverty

Disability Without Poverty is a movement led by people with disabilities supported by families, friends, service providers, allies and organizations. ​​Their mission is to get the Canada Disability Benefit into the hands of people with disabilities as soon as possible, without clawing back their existing supports and benefits. Visit this webpage to learn more about the shared visions and how to get involved.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Queen’s: Canadian Disability Benefit - A Historic Opportunity to End Poverty for Persons with Disabilities

In her February piece, Heather Aldersey, Associate Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Disability Inclusive Development, talks about how COVID-19 has impacted Canadians with disabilities disproportionately and offers an avenue to reduce inequity for persons with disabilities.

Types of Disabilities - Canadian Disability Benefits

Types of Disabilities as defined by the Canadian Government a qualifying disability is any severe and prolonged condition that inhibits a person from performing normal and routine daily activities. This definition is broad allowing for qualification of nearly endless number of conditions; visit the webpage to learn about them in greater detail.

Building Understanding: The First Report of the National Advisory Council on Poverty

Released in February 2021, this is the first report of the National Advisory Council on Poverty. It continues Canada's discussion on poverty by bringing forward the voices of individuals with lived expertise of poverty. It details progress toward our poverty targets and recommends improvements to our poverty reduction efforts.

Official Sources

Other Helpful Resources

Canadian Disability Discount Guide

A list loaded with discount savings for people with disabilities in Canada. The list includes general discount programs available for people with disabilities in Canada. It also includes:

  • movie and theatre discounts
  • car rental discounts
  • insurance and tax discounts
  • parks and museum discounts
  • travel discounts

Every 3 months, every discount is verified on this list. Brands are added regularly. The list currently includes more than 40 store brands and government agencies.