Friday, December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 – How is Canada Doing?
What has the Canadian federal govt done for people with disabilities? (PWD)
PWD are not a homogenous group. They may have been in an accident, been burned in a fire, injured at work, been a victim of violence, in military service or have an acute or chronic illness. They may be self medicating and have developed an addiction. Their disability may be of mind &/or body. And in some ways, there is a presumption that aging makes you more vulnerable to illness or injury, so would seniors be included in your POV?
Canada is considered to have some of the best in the world social systems for it’s people. But do we? Which tier of govt is responsible for the disabled and their financial and social supports? That depends….. If you’re in the military, in a fed prison, or Indigenous (esp on reserves) it’s the feds all the way. If you are/were a fed worker too. It’s possible you might also be eligible for federal pensions, if you have a long term condition. It’s harder to get.
The feds also transfer money to the provinces and territories to fund social programs. What they do with that?…. It depends on the party in power. Conservatives tend to claw back, reduce funds and programs, and really be stingy in qualification and treat you like you’re a fraud if you are on their rolls. They’d rather pay for inspectors than put the money into the care and support of PWD.
We have a supposedly universal system of healthcare. But it doesn’t cover things like eyes, teeth, meds, or psych therapies. And you have to qualify for things like physio or occupational therapy. So no, it doesn’t cover everything. But it’s not often that someone would go bankrupt for costs of healthcare. It’s there, but sometimes there is an issue of regional access. And during Covid 19, safe access. Though we do have a telehealth system which was amped up in 2020 to include Skype visits with your primary care providers, med and psych.
Compared to other countries, we do better. But PWD (including seniors and veterans) can and do end up homeless and destitute. Can be and are impoverished and need supports like food banks to get thru the month. Every month. PWD are often reliant on their families. Are left feeling like their only option is to apply for MAID.
So are we good to PWD? Not good enough. We need a guaranteed income that recognizes not everyone is able to work. But if anyone tries to blame the feds, 8/10 x they have it wrong. So please start looking at your premier and his/her team.
Many citizens don’t know which branch of govt funds things like WSIB (workers), veterans, seniors, or PWD. And they blame the feds. When we have a liberal govt in power, we tend to get more services. And with conservatives, we get fewer.
Increases in Justin Trudeau’s time as PM (every little bit helps?)
Pension For Life
April 1, 2019, Pension for Life (PFL) was introduced. Pension for Life includes three new benefits: Pain and Suffering Compensation; Additional Pain and Suffering Compensation; and Income Replacement Benefit. The Pension for Life Benefits package is intended to meet the following objectives:
- Providing recognition, income support and better overall stability to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans who are living with a disability due to a service-related injury and/or illness.
- Providing a holistic package that reintroduces lifelong monthly pain and suffering payments; implement a new recognition benefit, and consolidate six of seven existing income-related financial benefits.
- Addressing concerns raised by military and Veteran communities and families by empowering CAF members and Veterans living with a disability, caused by a service-related illness or injury, to choose the form of compensation that works best for them and their families.
- Old Age Security (OAS), based on years of living in Canada, and
- Canada Pension Plan (CPP), based on years of work in Canada and the amount paid into the plan.
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, CPP payments
will increase by 1.5 per cent for those already receiving benefits. For 2018, the maximum CPP retirement benefit for new recipients age 65 will be $1,134.17 per month, which represents a $20 increase from the beginning of 2017.
OAS benefits, which consist of the basic OAS pension, the guaranteed income supplement and allowances, will rise by 0.2 per cent for the first quarter of 2018 in comparison to the end of last year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, the basic OAS pension will be $586.66 per month, which represents an increase of $8.13 over the the first quarter of last year.
housing and homelessness
Covid 19 supports for thru United Way
seniors – extra needs
retraining for people with disabilities
##autonomy in death/disease
changes in federal law on MAID