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Disability without Poverty Resources

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.

Disability Alliance BC: Transition Magazine

Since 1977, Transition Magazine has provided a cross-disability voice on a wide range of issues, and an opportunity to share information among the disability community, their friends and families, and the general public. This magazine showcases many captivating articles, opinion pieces and creative work.

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

Speech from the Throne

At the beginning of every new Parliament, there is the Speech from the Throne. On September 23, 2020, the second session of the 43rd Parliament opened. The Governor General read the speech. We learned what the Government of Canada intended to do for their time in power. Included in this speech was the following information.

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. 

Basic Income Could Grow the Economy and Speed Up Canada’s Recovery

A new landmark study by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) gives us a first-ever look at the economic impacts of a national Basic Income in Canada. Basic Income can be good for the economy, for business, and for Canadians and our families.