As Canadians face a high cost of living and an affordable housing crisis, Canadians living with disabilities face additional costs and barriers. These contribute to disproportionately higher poverty rates, such as unfunded healthcare expenses, special diets, higher transportation costs, among many others.
With 1 in 3 food bank clients in Toronto reporting a disability or health condition that is expected to last a year or more, it’s unacceptable that Canadians with disabilities should have to rely on food banks or choose between life’s basic necessities.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The Government of Canada is currently conducting an online survey until Jan 4 at 23:59 to get input on the design of the Canada Disability Benefit (CDB).
The CDB has the potential to provide a life of dignity – but we can’t afford to wait, and we have to get it right. Research shows that income supports like the CDB can reduce the severity of food insecurity, going a long way in ensuring people can meet their basic needs, but we need your voice!
To assist you in making this process as easy as possible, we have worked with our partners at Defend Disability to put together a submission with comments that you can copy and paste or edit from to reflect your own priorities. You can find it here!
The guide explains and has everything you need to make your submission, but if you need any support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected].
Thank you for your support our vision to end hunger in our city.