Federal COVID-19 support rejected in the House of Commons

We are very disappointed to see the $600 emergency payment for holders of the Disability Tax Credit has been rejected in the House of Commons. This is confusing news given the seemingly certain tone of the announcement last week. We will provide an update on this issue as soon as we have one.

We hope that as the negotiations for federal support continue, that government will (1) deal with the disability benefit separately from the other contentious measures in the Bill, and (2) extend support to other people with disabilities that are not holders of DTC certificates.

For more info: https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/06/10/canada-coronavirus-emergency-bill-opposition/

DABC Statement in Solidarity with Anti-Racism Protests

In solidarity with the anti-racism protests across the US and Canada in recent weeks, we have been thinking about systemic racism in Canada, and how we can be more accessible and representative in our direct services and systemic advocacy. We acknowledge our ongoing responsibility to listen and learn to ensure our disability advocacy is anti-racist, inclusive, and considers how disability intersects with other forms of oppression. We are committed to doing our own research and creating space for feedback from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) and people from other marginalized communities about how we can do better.

Federal government announces COVID-19 support for DTC-eligible people with disabilities

The federal government has announced a tax-free one time COVID-19 benefit of up to $600 for people who were eligible for the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1.

More info: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/06/05/prime-minister-announces-supports-canadians-disabilities-address