Bill C-22 An Act to reduce poverty and to support the financial security of persons with disabilities by establishing the Canada disability benefit and making a consequential amendment to the Income Tax Act

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Members of the public have until Nov 16, 2022 before 11:59pm to submit a brief. Only 2 briefs are listed so far. The link is https://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/HUMA/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=11860383

Thanks bluerose.

I am unable to work and it is unclear if I am eligible.
It seems to say someone is eligible if they meet some undefined eligibility criteria.

Reading the speech from when the legislation was introduced, it sounds like it’s intended to be an income top-up for 18 to 65 year olds with a disability that works like the Guaranteed Income Supplement for elders with very low income. I suspect the income cutoffs will be similar to the GIS or GIS + OAS. The amount is unspecified and there was a mention of three years of funding to get the regulations figured out. Although if that is the timeline I’m guessing it won’t see the light of day before the next election and possibly never.

Isn’t that over $100k? LOL

You’re thinking of the clawback. The GIS thresholds are $20k if you’re single and $28k to 50k if you’re not single. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/old-age-security/guaranteed-income-supplement/benefit-amount.html

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This is my understanding as well of what is intended. It is a top up to around $20k. So if you have 10K from other benefits, they will top up another $10k. If you have 19K from other benefits, they top up another $1k.

But this is speculation at this point. We don’t know where it will land. Or how household income will affect it.

I am very frustrated at this point by how long it has taken the government to launch this program. It is long overdue.


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