Challenges for disabled Canadians persist: report

People with disabiltiies face barriers to language and communication, learning and training, and safety and security


OTTAWA – A new report says Canada’s disabled citizens face ongoing challenges to their well-being, including barriers to language and communication, learning and training, and safety and security.

Four years after the federal government ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Canada has released its first report into how disabled Canadians are faring.

The report notes that Canada recognizes poverty rates among persons with disabilities remain a challenge. About one in seven Canadians are mentally or physically disabled.

It also says the government is aware of the need to ensure greater participation of disabled Canadians in the labour market.

Ottawa allocates $222 million annually to the provinces and territories to design and deliver programs aimed at spurring employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

The report, prepared in collaboration with the federal, provincial and territorial governments, says improving life for disabled Canadians requires a multi-faceted and multi-partner approach.

It also provides details on the numerous federal and provincial programs and initiatives that are aimed at including Canada’s disabled citizens in everything from organized sports to post-secondary education and the justice system.


Challenges for disabled Canadians persist: report

  1. Time to up the social assistance rates, I`m thinking; ODSP and similar things like it elsewhere in Canada should be about $990.00+, enough to fund things like clothes, health care, and expenses for education and skills upgrading. How about it, government big shots-are healthy and cared-for Canadians more important than crappy fighter jets that we don`t need and that can be made here better?

    • Social assistance rates are determined by the province; fighter jets is a federal responsibility

      • Not entirely. Fist is CPP-Disability. Max pay is about $13k/year and often less. But you are right, there is a provincial component. In essense you will not be eligible enough until taxes/property/utiliy and rising costs force you to sell your home, and when all moneys, including RRSP and savings is dry, you get a 350/sq ft subsidized hole and below poverty assistance.

        Able on welfare do better and get less paperwork.

    • People with disabilities are funded under special programs. What they receive is determined according to the province they reside in. In Alberta, AISH (assured income for the severely handicapped) provides single people with $1,588. per month with an option to earn an additional $800. per month at a job without loss of benefit. It also pays for all medications, eye classes and dental fillings & a checkup. It allows for a person to have assets of $100K (not including their home and a primary vehicle). For persons with a family it pays $1,988. per month as the basic rate. AISH is provided for those people who have disabilities that make it almost impossible for them to hold down a job. People with those disabilities are also able to receive discounts for transportation and can get subsidized housing.

      • Wrong. You have to have a net worth of ZERO to even come close to those benefits, even the RRSP has to be run down. If your net worth is more than say $30,000 you will not get much benefits from AISH. You don’t even get a break on property/utility taxes. Benefits in dental are basically fillings and teeth pull. Need a crown it isn’t going to happen. Haven’t experienced drugs, but bet it is bad too.

        I should take you for a tour of some Calgary subsided housing…..and its low availability.

        And you should see the paperwork, try filing it out blind.

    • Most disabled would be happy if we just got the same rates as able welfare or immigrants get.

      Sad part is able social assistance pays more than disabled.

  2. Yep, and its getting worse. 10% devalued money, 11% real inflation and less than a 1% raise in CPP/disability as inflated contracts, bailouts and excessive gov-union wages and bloat are more important.

    Did you know that USA SSI disability pays more and includes drugs and dental? We in Canada like to brag, but the reality is we are BSing ourselves. Being disabled, I would be homeless now if I had counted on government. Yep, I would have had to sell our home and become destitute and penniless before I could get poverty level supports.

    I just hope this hypocritical nations people don’t have to find out the raw truth about our BS social net, as disabled would be better off as able FN, immigrants or welfare. And most can work harder than many 6 digit civil servants. But discrimination prevents real disabled in getting real jobs.

    But I am well off, but I counted on myself in good times, paid off the mortgage early in life and saved, as I didn’t want Canadian-disabled poverty.