Government of Canada delivers on Disability Advisory Committee’s recommendations
"I thank the members of the Disability Advisory Committee for this first annual report and for their outstanding contribution. Our government ensures that tax measures for persons with disabilities are administered in a fair, transparent and accessible manner. The Agency is already working closely with the Committee to follow up on the recommendations related to my mandate. I also discussed this report with my colleagues who have the primary responsibility for some of the other recommendations. In the coming year, our government is committed to continuing the work begun with the Committee to develop an approach to follow up on its proposals. I will meet again with the Committee in June, and I look forward to talking with members about the report findings, which can serve as the basis for lasting improvements in the living conditions of people with disabilities."
-The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
“The recommendations brought forward today by the Disability Advisory Committee are an important contribution to the broader conversation around financial security for persons with disabilities. As the Minister responsible for accessibility, and as a person with a disability myself, I know very well that millions of people across Canada continue to face barriers every day. This is why we developed Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. With Bill C-81, and meaningful initiatives such as the ones proposed through the Disability Advisory Committee and Budget 2019, we are working to build a truly accessible Canada without barriers, where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.”
-The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
Reinstated by Minister Lebouthillier in 2017, the committee provides recommendations to the Minister on an annual basis.
The Government invests annually to help address the needs of persons with disabilities through a number of programs. These include the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, the Disability Component of the Social Development Partnerships Program, the Canada Disability Savings Program, Canada Pension Plan disability benefits and the Workforce Development Agreements with provinces and territories.
Through Budget 2019, the Government is investing in several initiatives to work towards eliminating barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Budget 2019 proposes:
- $12 million over three years to improve employment outcomes for persons with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder;
- $13.7 million over five years to help identify, remove and prevent technological barriers in federal government workplaces;
- $25.8 million over five years to make reading materials accessible for those with print disabilities;
- Exempting assets held in RDSPs from seizure in bankruptcy;
- Eliminating the requirement to close an RDSP when a beneficiary no longer qualifies for the disability tax credit.
The Government of Canada also introduced Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, in Parliament in June 2018. The Bill was adopted by the Senate on May 13, 2019. Once the Bill becomes law, the Act will benefit everyone in Canada, especially persons with disabilities, through the proactive identification, removal and prevention of barriers to accessibility in areas such as employment, built environment, and the design and delivery of programs and services. It will apply to sectors under federal jurisdiction, including transportation, broadcasting and telecommunications, banking, and the Government of Canada.
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