Today, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to establish the framework for a new Canada Disability Benefit. The benefit would help reduce poverty among low-income, working-age Canadians with disabilities by providing direct financial support.
Bill C-35, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, has been published here: LEGISinfo – House Government Bill C-35 (43-2) (parl.ca)
The Government of Canada committed in the 2020 Speech from the Throne to develop the first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). This plan will include:
• a new Canada Disability Benefit;
• a robust employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities;
• and a better process to determine eligibility for federal disability programs and benefits.
The new Canada Disability Benefit is the cornerstone of this plan.
For more information, please see the news release and backgrounder: Government of Canada introduces legislation to create the new Canada Disability Benefit – Canada.ca
Improve access to programs and services for persons with disabilities in your community – Employment & Social Development Canada
Improve access to programs and services for persons with disabilities in your community
We wish to inform you of a funding opportunity that may be of interest to you and/or your network and partners. Through the Government of Canada’s 2021 Call for Proposals (CFP) under the Enabling Accessibility Fund’s mid-sized projects component, not-for-profit, for profit and Indigenous organizations, municipalities and territorial governments could receive up to $1 million for the retrofit, renovation or new construction of accessible facilities or venues.
Until July 29, 2021, ESDC is accepting applications for projects that help improve and make facilities in Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities.
Information on the application requirements and process can be found within the Applicant Guide found on the EAF funding webpage. As well, information sessions will be offered to applicants in mid-June and in July. Organizations will be able to participate in the sessions online and by teleconference; details will be posted on the EAF funding page.
If you would like to apply for funding or learn more about this funding opportunity, visit the EAF funding webpage.
The Annual Report of the Auditor General of Ontario
The Annual Report, required by the Auditor General Act, includes value-for-money audits of Ontario public-sector and broader-public-sector programs, and our observations on the attest audits of the Public Accounts.It also includes reports and reviews required under other legislation or undertaken at the Auditor General’s discretion.
For more information: https://www.auditor.on.ca/en/content/annualreports/arbyyear/ar2020.html
ConnectABILITY.ca COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Check out ConnectABILITY.ca for some amazing resources for your family, people with disabilities, and kids of all ages. Some of the resources include:
- What to do while in isolation
- COVID 19 resources
- Disability Sector Resources
- Social Distancing Activities
- Ways to stay connected
Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit Toolkit
Click here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/pension-plan-disability-benefits/reports/toolkit.html
Ontario Leading by Example in Improving Accessibility
Click here to read the full press release: Ontario Leading by Example in Improving Accessibility
Participate in Current Playground Research
Please find attached an information letter that invites eligible parents of children with disabilities, along with programmers and child and youth recreation staff to participate in a research study, Strategies used to Foster Quality Participation on the Playground, conducted by myself, Dr. Jennifer Leo, Director of The Steadward Centre in Edmonton, Alberta and Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung, Associate Professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. The aim of this study is to identify strategies for facilitating quality play experiences on the playground for children of all abilities. These strategies will then be used to create a Quality Participation Blueprint for Playgrounds. This blueprint will be valuable for assisting municipalities in making improvements within their playgrounds and in creating and improving playground programming to encourage continued quality participation for children with disabilities.
If you wish to partake in the study, please click on the link below to confirm your eligibility. Eligible participants will be contacted over email by the study coordinator (Nikoleta Odorico) within 24 hours. We hope you can help us and in turn, help improve playground experiences for children with disabilities.
Parent Eligibility Survey:
Programmer Eligibility Survey:
If you have any questions or concerns about the research study, please contact the research coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick Guide to the Accessible Canada Act
Click here: A Quick Guide to the Accessible Canada Act