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June 16, 2023

A federal disability benefit is important!

The Canada Disability Benefit (Bill C-22) is on its way back to the Senate on Tuesday, June 20th, and hopefully for royal assent. 
As we cross our fingers for the bill to pass its final stage before the end of June. 
(To learn about what step the bill is before it becomes law, visit here!) 

Once the bill passes, then the regulation talks begin. We will need to speak to our MLAs about no clawback on the benefit and for it not to interfere with provincial/territorial benefits. 

Alex created this comic to help people learn about why the bill is so important for the Disability Community.
To make the cartoon bigger click on the picture or link. 

A federal disability benefit is important, different scenarios spoken by Hall members why the benefit matters

Alt Text in images: 

Frame 1 Group on stage singing

"We deserve enough to live"
"The Federal government needs to give."

Frame 2 - Two people talk in a home

Elderly male "The federal disability benefit needs to include seniors with disabilities.
Mid-Age female "Yes, disability does not disappear when you turn 65."

Frame 3 Two people in front of a home in the winter

A female in winter clothing stands shivering "I live in a rural area and everything costs so much more out here." 
A female in winter clothing says "My provincial disability benefits just aren't enough to cover my basic needs." 

Frame 4 Two people in a medical office talk to each other

A male approximately in his 30s in a wheelchair says  "Sometimes I have to go hungry because I spend so much on medical supplies." 
A female approximately 30 years old and also in a wheelchair says "I need a special diet which is very expensive and not covered by provincial benefits."

Fame 5 Two people in art studio talk, one before an easel
Female artist mid-40s says "I love making art but I often can't because the supplies and classes are too expensive." 
A male in his late 20s says "You deserve to follow your dreams and passions and to have a good quality of life." 

Frame 6 Two people in the kitchen cooking and wearing chef coats and chef hats

A female in her 40s says "People with disabilities don't deserve to live in poverty."
A female in her late 60s says "Let's cook up a benefit that leaves no one behind."

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