In Canada Bill C-22 granted on June 22, 2023, after receiving royal assent and the Canada Disability Benefit Act is currently in effect. While this is fantastic news, there is still more work to be done in order to fully understand the Canada Disability Benefit (also known as CDB).
The decision has been made by the government to create the regulations in two stages and currently in the initial stage. The CDB Act mandates that the government present a report detailing its interactions and cooperation with the DC, including DA, DP, organizations that assist and support the disabled, and the general public, to develop the regulations of the CDB.
Although they may still interact in other ways, government employees seem to be planning to engage the disability community in a few areas. Additionally, the government intends to create an online interaction platform. As soon as the government releases further details, we will share updates on Canada Disability Benefit 2023-24 here in this page.
Canadians invited to help design the new CDB
Minister of Diversity, Inclusion, and Persons with Disabilities, announced the opening of the online engagement tool for the Canada Disability Benefit Regulations. The regulations for the new benefit will be designed using input and opinions from Canadians gathered through this easily accessible platform. The online engagement tool for the Canada Disability Benefit Regulations is available on the Canada.ca website until December 21, 2023.
Following the official publication of the draft regulations, which is anticipated to happen in 2024, there will be more chances to offer feedback. On June 22, 2023, the Canada Disability Benefit Act gained a royal assent after being approved by the Senate and the House of Commons with unanimous votes. The formulation of rules for the Canada Disability Benefit necessitates a barrier-free engagement process involving input from individuals with disabilities, as mandated by the Act.
Canada Disability Benefit to be Implemented in 2024
- In addition to any existing federal, territorial, and provincial benefits and services, as well as any private insurance payments handicapped persons receive, the new benefit must be provided.
- In addition to requiring a separate application, those handicapped individuals who do not receive a federal, territorial, or provincial benefit must also apply quickly in order to be eligible for the benefit.
- A substantial earnings exemption is also necessary to allow handicapped individuals who are able to work to maintain their wages. For these impaired workers to be financially supported by their jobs, they must gain something from their earnings as opposed to losing it to the cost of living assistance.
- In order to really alleviate poverty for handicapped individuals, the Canada Disability Benefit must be a component of a system of benefits that provide an income above the country’s official poverty line and accounts for the additional expenses associated with disability.
CDB Regulations Online Engagement Tool
The online engagement tool for the Canada Disability Benefit Regulations is available on the Canada.ca website until December 21, 2023. Following the official publication of the draft regulations, which is anticipated to happen in 2024, there will be more chances to offer feedback.
Canadians are being consulted by the government of Canada over the proposed Canada Disability Benefit. You are cordially asked to provide input on specifics related to benefits, such as eligibility and benefit amount, as these will be taken into consideration when developing rules for the Canada Disability Benefit.
Join in: how to participate
To make the rules governing the new Canada Disability Benefit, the Canadian government has issued a new consultation procedure. You are welcome to offer input on how you would like the benefit to be implemented if you are a person with a disability, a family member, a caregiver, or a professional who works with the disability community.
This might cover topics like the requirements for qualifying, how to apply for the benefit, and most significantly, how much the benefit will be. There are several ways that you may offer your feedback: Using an online engagement tool, the government asks for your feedback while briefly describing the various components of the benefit.
The deadline for the consultation process is December 21, 2023. You can do it via srv217.services.gc.ca, an email or you can Call 1‑833‑390‑4065 and leave a message to provide your comments by December 21, 2023, at 23:59 (Eastern Time).
Why is the CDB so important?
Poverty rates among people with impairments is somewhat high, and compare to 10% of the overall population, 23% of working-age Canadians with disabilities live in poverty, according to a survey on Disability. For those with severe impairments, this percentage rises to 28%, and for those with very severe disabilities, it reaches 34%.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately impacted persons with impairments, caused these numbers to rise sharply. A basic income for Canadians with disabilities is being created by the Canada Disability Benefit, which attempts to rectify this inequality.