DABC's Solidarity Statement

DABC recognizes that people with disabilities may face additional barriers due to intersecting forms of oppression and marginalization, including: colonialism, systemic racism, transphobia, gender inequality, heterosexism, and social inequality. We also acknowledge that our past actions as an organization have not always been equitable and inclusive. We have spent a significant amount of time reflecting and learning, and we are sharing with you our Solidarity Statement, which we will continue to review and apply to our daily practices.

Read it here: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/solidarity-statement/.

Community Update - Petition to the Government of Canada re: Canada Disability Benefit

November 2021

In a September 2020 federal throne speech, it was announced that Canada would introduce a federal disability benefit, thereby guaranteeing income for people with disabilities across Canada. Following this announcement, a citizen-led movement was formed: Disability Without Poverty is a movement led by people with disabilities supported by families, friends, service providers, allies and organizations, to ensure that the government fast-tracks the design and implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit and prioritizes the active and genuine involvement of disabled people every step of the way, from start to finish. Disability Alliance leads the BC chapter of Disability Without Poverty, which recently formed in September 2021.

On June 22nd, 2021, the Government of Canada tabled legislation to create a Canada Disability Benefit. Yet, we have not seen any recent progress by the Government to pass this legislation.

To increase momentum, Disability Without Poverty has created a public petition to the Government of Canada. The petition is to “call upon the Government of Canada to place the implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit at the forefront of the political agenda by:

1. Fast-tracking the design and implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit; and

2. Actively and genuinely involving disabled people every step of the way to work alongside the government to make it happen.”

At the time of writing this, nearly 2000 members of the public have signed.

This is a formal petition organized by Disability Without Poverty through the House of Commons, which means that the Government is obligated to respond to the petition, and if we are successful to receive enough signatures, then the movement has a greater chance of having their voice heard in parliament. We encourage you to sign this petition and support the vital goal of a Canada Disability Benefit that the Disability Without Poverty movement is striving for.

Sign and view the petition here: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-3656.

Please share this petition widely within your networks!

Download a copy of this community update here:
Community-Update-Petition-to-the-Government-of-Canada-re-Canada-Disability-Benefit.

Workshop: Fuel Tax Refund Program for persons with disabilities!

Workshop poster. Background is light blue, and features a cartoon drawing of the front half of a car. Black text reads: "Free webinar: Fuel Tax Refund Program for People with Disabilities. Thursday, November 18th, 11:00-12:30 pm (all welcome). For more information: taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org
236-477-1717."

The Tax AID program at DABC will be offering a workshop on the Fuel Tax Refund Program for people with disabilities who own a vehicle and/or are interested in finding out more information about the program.  

Date of Webinar: Thu, Nov 18, 11:00am-12:30 pm (all welcome) 

If you’re eligible for the Fuel Tax Refund Program, you may receive:

  • a fuel tax refund of up to $500 each calendar year for a qualifying vehicle registered in the program, and
  • a 25% discount off your ICBC basic Autoplan insurance (including electric vehicles)

At the workshop, we will provide an overview of the program, including eligibility, the registration process and how to claim your benefits once registered.  

We will also cover the ICBC vehicle insurance discount and Federal excise gasoline tax refund program.  

More information about the program: 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/sales-taxes/motor-fuel-carbon-tax/refund-disabilities

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/taxes/sales-taxes/publications/mft-004-fuel-tax-refund-persons-with-disabilities.pdf

To Register: please go to the registration page:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kGATCi9dT6e-RkCg67KAgA

For more information, please contact our Tax AID program at taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org or 236-477-1717.