ConnectTra's 2019 Abilities Expo and Job Fair

 

ConnecTra is having its 2019 Abilities Expo and Job Fair on Thursday, February 14th at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Some of the features include:

– Leash for Life Puppy Petting Booth
– Fashion Show: A Dressing Needs
– All Bodies Dance Group
– Travel-For-All
– Martial Arts with Sirota’s Alchymy
– Adaptive Curling Demo with Curl BC
– Music by Vancouver Adapted Music Society
– Beauty Makeovers by the Blanche MacDonald Centre

And so much more!

Fore more info: https://tinyurl.com/yb7ygkqg

Media Advisory - Council of Canadians with Disabilities Applauds Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada

We have received the following media advisory from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation.

DABC is also very pleased with the outcome of this case and the positive implications it has for people with disabilities who receive necessary supports.

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COUNCIL OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES APPLAUDS DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released a landmark decision in S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation. This case is of national importance and significance because it ensures that many persons with disabilities can continue to access vital social programs they rely on to maintain an equal and adequate standard of living.

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities intervened at the SCC and was represented by ARCH Disability Law Centre.

Why This Case is Important

In S.A.’s case, the housing authority wanted to take into account the value of a Henson Trust when deciding whether to give her a rent subsidy. This is the SCC’s first opportunity to consider the nature of Henson Trusts (also known as absolute discretionary trusts). Henson Trusts are intentionally designed so that family members can set aside money for persons with disabilities without limiting those persons’ entitlement to social assistance benefits. The trust is structured in a way that puts the trust property beyond the control of the person with a disability.  This means that the property or value of the trust is not available to them and cannot count as an asset when determining eligibility for social programs. The SCC held that because a person with a disability has no enforceable right to receive any of the trust’s income or capital, an interest in a Henson trust is not an asset that can be considered when determining eligibility for a rent subsidy.  

Jewelles Smith, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities says:

“The CCD is pleased by the Supreme Court’s decision in S.A. v MVHC. People with disabilities in Canada are disproportionately affected by poverty and must often bare the financial burden of cost-related barriers to their inclusion. The Court’s decision recognizes that absolute discretionary trusts play an important role as a vehicle that can assist persons with disabilities to meet their additional costs of living and ensure access to social assistance programs. This is essential for the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in society.”


Contact:   Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre,  Phone: 416-482-8255 ext. 2226; Email: 
wintermd@lao.on.ca 

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AVIS AUX MÉDIAS |  25 janvier 2019

LE CONSEIL DES CANADIENS AVEC DÉFICIENCES ACCUEILLE POSITIVEMENT LE JUGEMENT DE LA COUR SUPRÊME DU CANADA

Aujourd’hui, la Cour suprême du Canada (CSC)  a rendu un jugement remarquable dans la cause  S.A. c. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation.  Cette affaire est d’une importance nationale car elle garantit à de nombreuses personnes handicapées le droit de bénéficier de services sociaux vitaux dont elles dépendent pour maintenir,  en toute égalité, un niveau de vie adéquat.

Représenté par l’ARCH Disability Law Centre, le Conseil des Canadiens avec déficiences est intervenu dans cette cause.

Une cause importante: 

Dans la cause S.A., la Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation voulait considérer une fiducie de type Henson comme un actif dans sa décision d’accorder ou non une aide au loyer  à l’appelante.  Pour la première fois, la CSC a pu évaluer la nature des fiducies de type Henson (également connues sous l’appellation de fiducies discrétionnaires absolues). Ces fiducies sont intentionnellement conçues pour permettre aux familles d’économiser pour leurs membres en situation de handicap sans limiter leur droit aux prestations d’aide sociale. La fiducie est structurée de manière à ce que le bien économisé soit hors de contrôle de la personne handicapée.  Ce qui signifie que cette fiducie ne lui est pas accessible et ne peut être comptée comme un actif pour déterminer son admissibilité à des programmes sociaux. La CSC a décrété que puisqu’une personne handicapée ne disposait d’aucun droit exécutoire à recevoir tout ou partie du revenu ou du capital de la fiducie, une fiducie de type Henson ne pouvait  être considérée comme un actif pour déterminer l’admissibilité à une aide au loyer. 

Jewelles Smith, présidente du Conseil des Canadiens avec déficiences a déclaré: 

« LeCCD se réjouit du jugement de la Cour suprême dans la cause S.A. c. MVHC. L’incidence de la pauvreté est disproportionnée chez les personnes handicapées qui  doivent souvent supporter le fardeau financier du coût des obstacles à leur inclusion.  Dans son jugement, la Cour reconnaît le rôle important que peuvent jouer les fiducies discrétionnaires absolues  en aidant les personnes en situation de handicap à faire face à leurs dépenses supplémentaires et à accéder aux programmes d’aide sociale.  Et c’est un prérequis pour la pleine inclusion des personnes handicapées dans la société. »

Personne contact:   Dianne Wintermute, avocate interne, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Tél.: 416-482-8255,  poste 2226; Courriel: 
wintermd@lao.on.ca 

 

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DABC Community Update: Changes to Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) Benefits

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) is writing to let you know that Service Canada has begun reaching out to people who had previously been denied Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits because they had either been on CPP Early Retirement benefits for greater than 15 months, or their disability began after they started collecting CPP Early Retirement benefits. Service Canada is currently in the process of introducing a Post Retirement Disability Benefit (PRDB) that people who fall into those two groups may be able to collect if they can show they meet all the other CPP-D eligibility rules.

People interested in collecting the PRDB who have been included in the mail-out simply need to reply indicating their interest, and Service Canada will process an application for this new benefit using the same information from their application for CPP-D benefits.  For people who fall outside of this group who – for example – may have not applied in the past because they knew about the Early Retirement rules, there is currently no separate or different application forms for the PRDB that have been released. For more information, please contact our CPP- Disability program at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278 (toll-free), or by email at feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org.