Current Campaigns

We are continually working with stakeholders and government to improve policy and find ways to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Current Public Policy Campaigns

  • Replicate a supported-decision making model like the BC Representation Agreement across all provinces and territories
  • Reform the eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to include people with severe intermittent mental health issues and people with mild developmental disabilities
  • In general, simplify the DTC application and process
  • Families can contribute funds or goods to their relatives with disabilities without claw backs from BC Disability Benefits
  • Exempt employment income entirely from Disability Assistance eligibility
  • Exempt legal aid and long-term care from calculating Disability Assistance eligibility
  • Encourage the federal government to provide additional retirement help for families who had to give up a career to care for their disabled children
  • Permit TFSAs and RRSPs to be held by trusts
  • Encourage the Ontario Government to increase disability benefits, increase asset limits, and exempt gifts from the Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP)

Specific to the Registered Disability Savings Plan

  • Harmonize the treatment of trusts and structured settlements with that of RDSPs across the full range of provincial programs used by people with disabilities
  • Allow the rollover of an RDSP from one beneficiary to another
  • Increase RDSP age limit by 2 years to match with increase in retirement age
  • Add physical disabilities to the list of who can be eligible for the retirement rollover to RDSPs
  • Allow Retirement Rollovers into RDSPs at any age (not just under 60)
  • Make RDSP’s creditor Proof
  • Harmonize the treatment of trusts and RDSPs within the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement Program
  • Let RDSP beneficiaries always keep their plan open. Only new contributions would be disallowed on failure to re-qualify for the DTC. Families ask why it is necessary to repay grants and bonds retroactively when they were rightfully earned during a period of disability
  • Create an RDSP-asset housing fund
Click here to learn more about the RDSP