Happy RDSP Awareness Month!

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Text says 'RDSP Awareness Month 2023 Events: - ASK A DTC EXPERT Q&A October 23, online webinar   
- RDSP AWARENESS RALLY October 25 at the BC Legislature - ASK A RDSP EXPERT Q&A October 30, online webinar

October is RDSP Awareness Month! Help us to spread the word and join us for the three events Access RDSP will be hosting this month:

  • October 23rd: Ask a DTC Expert Q&A (online webinar)
  • October 25th: RDSP Awareness Rally at the BC Legislature
  • October 30th: Ask an RDSP Expert Q&A (online webinar)

More info to come!

Read more about RDSP Awareness Month here: https://www.rdsp.com/rdsp-awareness-month/

Job Posting: Community Advocate for DABC

Open: March 3, 2023 

Closes: March 17, 2023 

Location: Vancouver, BC  

Category: Community and Social Services Job  

Type: Full Time (4 days/week), Maternity Leave Cover, for a 12-month period 

Salary: $48,000/year (prorated to $38,400/year) 

Who We Are  

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.  

Our mission: to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.  

Program Description  

Access RDSP is a DABC program in partnership with Plan Institute and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS). This program is part of the financial literacy arm of our Advocacy Access Program.  

Building on the work of our collaborative partnership, the objective of this program is to promote the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) across BC, and to assist people with disabilities to access the DTC and open an RDSP.  

Job Description  

DABC is seeking a Community Advocate for our Access RDSP program. Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Advocate will work one-on-one to help people with disabilities apply for the DTC and learn about the RDSP. The Advocate will also help raise awareness about the RDSP through the development of strategic partnerships and community outreach. The successful applicant will also have administrative responsibilities associated with the day-to-day operation of the program.  

The position will be based out of DABC’s Vancouver office but requires occasional travel to other BC communities. 

This position is to cover a maternity leave for a 12-month period and may be extended; it is for 4 days per week (pro-rated to $38,400 annual salary) with the possibility of increasing to 5 days per week ($48,000 annual salary).

The successful applicant must:  

  • Be able to work effectively with people with disabilities  
  • Have a minimum 2 years combined post-secondary education and/or applicable work experience  
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts in plain language  
  • Be computer literate and proficient with word-processing software including the Microsoft Office Suite  
  • Be available for occasional travel to communities across BC  
  • Be self-motivated, adaptable, and able to work effectively with a team  
  • Have excellent organizational skills  
  • Have strong knowledge of social media  
  • Maintain the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive client information  

The following are strong assets for this position:  

  • Experience with disability benefits, including the DTC and RDSP  
  • Experience in the non-profit sector  
  • Experience with community outreach or program planning  
  • Experience with presenting complex information to diverse audiences  
  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite  
  • Experience with a disability and/or supporting people with disabilities  
  • A driver’s license  

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

To Apply:  

Please submit a resume and brief cover letter addressed to Cynthia Minh, Director—Tax AID& Access RDSP at cynthia@disabilityalliancebc.org using the subject heading “Job Application: Community Advocate”. No phone calls or faxes please.  

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 17, 2023. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted at the end of March and the position start date will be at the start of April.  

DTC Fee Stories

Last October, Access RDSP did a call out for stories about the barriers people with disabilities face when applying for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). We asked to hear from you about fees charged by medical practitioners or application fees or requests for a percentage of your return by a for-profit company. This year, in honour of RDSP Awareness Month, we would like to share these and help raise awareness of these barriers. 

The following are some of the stories we received from clients: 

“I recently renewed [my DTC] and my doctor charged me $40 to fill out her part of the form…which was basically what she had said the first time.” 

“I had to pay 15% to [a for-profit company] five years ago. On my renewal this past year, I had to pay $80 to my doctor for DTC. Very unfair against persons with disabilities!” 

“I was charged $75 by my GP to do the form, and the accountant also charged fees that meant nearly all of the benefit was absorbed. I know that in future tax years I will have that DTC in place, but it was distressing to have hundreds of dollars absorbed by the admin.” 

With stories like these, we can see how important it is to break down these barriers that contribute poverty and hardship to people with disabilities. At DABC, we continue to advocate for the removal of these barriers and urge people to help us raise awareness of these injustices. If you or anyone you know has had to pay fees to access the DTC, send us an email at rdsp@disabilityalliancebc.org