Canada’s 2024 Disability Benefit Plan Gets Green Light: Government Clears Path for CDB Rollout!

Updated on April 15, 2024

Great news! In Canada, the Canada Disability Benefit Act is now in effect following the approval of Bill C-22 on June 22, 2023. But there’s still more to understand about the Canada Disability Benefit (CDB).

The government has decided to develop regulations for the CDB in two stages, starting with the initial phase. According to the CDB Act, the government is required to submit a report detailing its engagement with various stakeholders, including disability communities, organizations, and the public, to shape these regulations.

It looks like government employees are gearing up to connect with the disability community in a few specific areas. They’re also planning to set up an online platform for interaction. We’ll keep you posted with any new information as soon as the government releases updates on the Canada Disability Benefit 2023-24 right here on this page.

Invitation to participate in the new CDB’s design

The Minister of Diversity, Inclusion, and Persons with Disabilities has just announced the launch of an online engagement tool for the Canada Disability Benefit Regulations. This means Canadians can easily share their thoughts and ideas to shape the regulations for the new benefit. You can access the online engagement tool on the Canada.ca website until December 21, 2023.

Once the draft regulations are officially published, expected in 2024, there will be more opportunities to provide feedback. The Canada Disability Benefit Act received royal assent on June 22, 2023, after unanimous approval from both the Senate and the House of Commons. It’s crucial that the rules for the Canada Disability Benefit are formulated through an inclusive process that includes input from individuals with disabilities, as mandated by the Act.

Canada Disability Benefit to be Implemented in 2024

The new benefit must be provided in addition to any existing federal, territorial, and provincial benefits, as well as private insurance payments received by handicapped individuals. Those who don’t currently receive any federal, territorial, or provincial benefits need to apply quickly for eligibility.

It’s crucial to implement a substantial earnings exemption to support handicapped individuals who are able to work and maintain their wages. They shouldn’t lose their earnings to the cost of living assistance.

To effectively alleviate poverty for handicapped individuals, the Canada Disability Benefit must be part of a benefits system that ensures an income above the country’s official poverty line and considers the extra expenses related to disability.

CDB Regulations Online Engagement Tool

The Government of Canada is seeking input from Canadians on the proposed Canada Disability Benefit. You’re invited to share your thoughts on key aspects like eligibility criteria and benefit amounts. Your feedback will be crucial in shaping the rules for the Canada Disability Benefit. You can participate by accessing the online engagement tool on the Canada.ca website until December 21, 2023. Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide input after the draft regulations are published, expected in 2024.

Join in: how to participate

The government has introduced a new consultation process, and your input is valued if you’re a person with a disability, a family member, a caregiver, or a professional working with the disability community. You’re encouraged to share your thoughts on how you’d like the benefit to be implemented.

This could include aspects such as eligibility criteria, application procedures, and, importantly, the amount of the benefit. There are multiple ways to provide feedback: through an online engagement tool, via email, or by calling 1‑833‑390‑4065 and leaving a message.

The deadline for the consultation process is December 21, 2023, at 23:59 (Eastern Time). You can participate through srv217.services.gc.ca, email, or by leaving a message at the provided number. Your input will help shape the Canada Disability Benefit, so don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard.

Why is the CDB so important?

Poverty rates among people with disabilities are alarmingly high. Compared to the 10% poverty rate among the general population, a staggering 23% of working-age Canadians with disabilities live in poverty, as revealed by a Disability survey. For those with severe impairments, this number climbs to 28%, and for those with very severe disabilities, it skyrockets to 34%.

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this situation, hitting persons with disabilities especially hard and causing these poverty rates to spike. To address this inequality, the Canada Disability Benefit is being established to provide a basic income for Canadians with disabilities.

 

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