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April 29, 2024

Statement in response Canada Disability Benefit investment April 2024

 If I had $500 extra dollars (Canada Disability Benefit)

Members from the Disability Action Hall in Calgary & Area want to share the impact that having more income to address inflation might have on Canadians across the country. The data collected from the Canada Disability Benefit (CDB) consultation to help paint an accurate picture of the financial needs of 1.5 million Canadians is a legacy to be proud of. We have a short film, “If I Had $500 Extra Dollars” (3.23 minutes), and share how it will make a difference in our daily lives.

  • We are disappointed that the $200 monthly budgeted amount does not lift Canadians with disabilities out of poverty. 
  • Every little bit helps, especially when the federal government strives for the indexed supplement to be free from provincial clawbacks. 
  • Alberta’s provincial assistance is 650 dollars below the poverty line ($30 526 ). 
  • The Canada Disability Benefit amount should reflect the area in which people live. Living costs within Alberta are inconsistent, and the costs in larger centers like Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, or Northern Canada are not comparable to other places. 
  • We also ask for the CDB to expand eligibility beyond the disability tax credit and automatically enroll all those who currently receive provincial/territorial disability financial support
  • We look forward to providing more input into the second draft of the regulations once it is published in the Canada Gazette.


Members of the Disability Action Hall, Calgary, Alberta

cc: Block Quebecois Leader, Yves-Fran├žois Blanchet  , Conservative Party of Canada House Leader, Pierre Poilievre  , Green Party of Canada Leader, Elizabeth May, New Democratic Party of Canada House Leader, Jagmeet Singh, , Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, MP of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland BQC Shadow Minister, Louise Chabot,,  Conservative Party Shadow Minister, Tracy Gray, Green Party Shadow Minister, Mike Morrice, NDP Shadow Minister, Bonita Zarillo Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services Jason Nixon,, Official Critic of SCSS Marie Renaud

April 2, 2024

"If I had an extra $500 dollars"

 What would I do with $500 extra dollars? 

Inflation has hit all of us. 'If I had an extra $500 dollars' shares the nation wide impact if the Canada Disability Benefit became a reality. If I had an extra $500 helps illustrate how some people said they would use the funds to address basic needs, food, school, visit family and improve their living situation for the future.

To learn more about the Canada Disability Benefit and the draft regulations being put forward visit the Government of Canada site.

Overview of the Canada Disability Benefit – Supporting Canadians with disabilities -

You can also subscribe to the mailing list and learn about the second phase of the engagement process will begin with the publishing of proposed regulations in Part I of the Canada Gazette

Canadians will be able to review and provide comments on the proposed regulations. The Government will then look at the comments received and may make changes to the regulations in response to the feedback received before finalizing them. 

The final regulations will then be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette.

"If I had an extra $500 dollars" March 2024, (3.23 minutes) YouTube