October is RDSP Awareness Month!

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In 2014, the government of BC declared October RDSP Awareness Month to help raise awareness about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). The RDSP is the world’s first savings plan specifically designed for people with disabilities. Even with little to no personal contributions, there are significant government contributions available to help many Canadians with disabilities to save for their future.

Everyone deserves a chance to save for the future, but prevailing health and social inequities pose barriers to accessing financial security. We know that health can significantly impact financial well-being, and that social circumstances deeply impact health outcomes. We recognize the RDSP as just one tool that gives more Canadians with disabilities a chance to plan for long-term financial security.

Throughout the month of October, Access RDSP, a partnership between Plan InstituteBCANDS and DABC will be sharing content, information and resources through our social media channels and on our website to improve the awareness of the RDSP. We will introduce you to the plan and its benefits, identify its barriers, and offer tips on how people can get started. We hope you join us by visiting our website for updates and sharing our posts to help us spread the word!

For more information, go to rdsp.com/rdsp-awareness-month

Text source: https://www.rdsp.com/2020/10/01/october-is-rdsp-awareness-month-2/

BC Election 2020: DABC's Questions to Parties

DABC sent several questions to all party leaders in the 2020 BC Election to learn more about how each of the parties would address certain disability-related issues. We will share the parties’ responses as we receive them, so that voters can learn more about each party’s approach.

See the questions here.

Federal government announces new Canadian Disability Benefit

We are excited to hear the federal government’s plans to introduce a new Canadian Disability Benefit, modelled after the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors. The new benefit was announced during today’s speech from the throne. We will share details about the new benefit as soon as they are available.

To read the highlights of today’s Throne speech, click this link:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/throne-speech-highlights-1.5735874