Disability Advisory Committee

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On May 24, 2019, the Committee released its first annual report, Enabling access to disability tax measures. Read the report below.

Role

The Disability Advisory Committee advises the Minister of National Revenue and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on how the Agency can improve the way it administers and interprets tax measures for Canadians with disabilities. 

Annual Reports

The Committee presented its first annual report in May 2019 to the Minister of National Revenue and Commissioner of the CRA. Learn more below. 

2019

Read the highlights

This infographic provides an overview of the Committee’s research and recommendations that informed its 2019 report, Enabling access to disability tax measures.

Members

The Committee is made up of 12 members and 2 co-chairs and includes professionals from various fields, such as health professionals, lawyers, accountants, and tax professionals, as well as advocates of the disability community, representatives of indigenous communities, and persons with disabilities.

Members of the Disability Advisory Committee alongside Parliamentary Secretary Francesco Sorbara and Commissioner Bob Hamilton at the seventh Committee meeting on February 19th, 2020.

Members of the Disability Advisory Committee alongside Parliamentary Secretary Francesco Sorbara and Commissioner Bob Hamilton at the seventh Committee meeting on February 19th, 2020.

Membership

The Agency would like to thank departing members Mrs. Véronique Vézina and Mrs. Emily Johnson for their valuable contributions and dedication to improving the lives of Canadians living with disabilities, while serving on the Disability Advisory Committee from January 24, 2018 to January 24, 2020.

CRA welcomes the Committee’s newest member, Mr. Ray McGuire. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation, a Native American tribe located in Oklahoma. Mr. McGuire has worked for many years with Indigenous communities in British Columbia and Alberta, and is on the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS).

In addition to welcoming our newest member, Minister Lebouthillier is working closely with the CRA to fill the Committee’s three remaining vacancies.

Frank Vermaeten, Co-Chair

Dr. Karen R. Cohen, Ph.D., Co-Chair

Sherri Torjman, Vice-Chair

Laurie Beachell

Gary Birch, O.C., O.B.C.

Dr. Jeff Blackmer

Lembi Buchanan M.S.M.

Michael Edgson

Roberta Heale

Karen Wiwchar, JD, ICD.D

Ray McGuire 

Ray McGuire is a member of the Choctaw Nation, located in Oklahoma, U.S.A. Ray enjoys a long history of working and volunteering with Indigenous communities both within British Columbia and in Alberta. As a registered Social Worker, contractor and consultant within British Columbia, Ray has been involved in a number of local, regional, and provincial initiatives within both the Indigenous disability and health sectors. Ray brings a wealth of knowledge, experience to the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society Board of Directors and is well known, respected and recognized for his work across the province.

Marie Ryan 

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Marie Ryan is a partner with Goss Gilroy, a management-consulting firm. She acquired her disability in the late eighties and soon began her work with organizations for persons with disabilities, as well as volunteering more generally in the community. Marie sat as the provincial Chair of the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities for eight years, was the Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) for eight years, and chaired their Social Policy Working Group for about ten years, ending her tenure with CCD in 2014. In 2017, Marie was appointed Chair of the Provincial Advisory Committee for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, a position she held for 2 years.

She has extensive experience working with diverse populations including youth/youth at-risk, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, newcomers, women and children experiencing violence, and those experiencing homelessness, mental illness, addiction and/or living in poverty. Marie was recognized in January 2018 when she was inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. She was also inducted into the NL Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2015. Marie resides in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sharon McCarry 

Sharon McCarry

Sharon McCarry is the founder and Executive Director of La Fondation Place Coco, which manages and operates The Little Red Playhouse, a center that integrates neuro-typical children and children with an autism spectrum disorder. Sharon serves on the Parent Advisory Committee for the Strongest Families Institute and the Child-Bright Network. She has been helping parents navigate the health system and supporting them when applying for the DTC for the last 12 years.

She is the parent of two children, one of whom is diagnosed with Autism and one with Crohn's disease. Sharon resides in Montréal, Quebec.

Contact us

You can contact the Committee or send a submission to identify any issues you have experienced with respect to disability tax measures by emailing DACCCPHG@cra-arc.gc.ca.

If you send a submission, it will become accessible to requests made under the Access to Information Act (ATI) and the Privacy Act.

Any personal information you provide with your submission will not be released, except to you  when you request access to your own personal information under the Privacy Act.

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