Follow-up letter to Minister Simpson concerning supports for PWD/IA and CPP-D recipients

DABC was pleased to see the emergency measures introduced last week by the BC government to help people receiving provincial income assistance and PWD during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, along with several other advocacy groups, we wrote to Minister Shane Simpson about several remaining issues, including supports for people receiving CPP-D.

To read the letter, please click here.

Call for participants: study on legal issues and people with disabilities

DABC has received the following information:

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Are you a person with a physical disability living in western Canada who has had a recent problem, related to:

Work?
Discrimination, prejudice due to your disability, race, age, 2SLGBTQ+ identity?
Healthcare services?
Banking?
Landlord?
Immigration?
Family Violence?
Government Assistance?

Or any other legal issues? We would like to hear from you!

My name is Doris Rajan and I am doing a study on legal issues experienced by people with disabilities. This research is being carried out to complement the national Canadian Legal Problems Survey (CLPS). The CLPS is a self-completion and it was felt that we likely will miss hearing from populations that face extra barriers to justice, like people with disabilities. This is the reason why we are doing the phone interviews. I will also be speaking to people labelled with an intellectual, cognitive and/or psychosocial disability but will be doing that in-person later this year.

We are particularly interested in hearing from Indigenous, racialized, low income, immigrant, 2SLGBTQ+ and Francophone people with physical disabilities living in western Canada – of all ages and genders.

Please send me an email if you are interested in learning more and/or would like to participate in an anonymous, confidential phone interview. People who qualify will receive a $50 honorarium.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Email: d.rajan@irisinstitute.ca

BC government announces temporary additional supports for people receiving income assistance and PWD

We are pleased to see that the provincial government has just announced temporary exemption of EI and the new federal Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from clawback from income assistance (IA) and PWD. An automatic $300 crisis supplement will be provided for the next three months to people on IA and PWD who are not receiving EI or the CERB. We will share more details about these new measures as that information becomes available.

We hope the federal and/or provincial government will be providing comparable supports to people who receive federal disability assistance (CPP-D). DABC will be advocating that this gap be addressed.

For more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/income-assistance/on-assistance/covid

Read the news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020SDPR0012-000620