Building a more accessible Canada
According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability by Statistics Canada, more than six million Canadians, or 22% of the population, identify as living with a disability. Persons with disabilities are more likely to have shorter life expectancies, live in poverty, and earn less compared to Canadians without disabilities.
Reforming the Disability Tax Credit to ensure it is more inclusive, particularly for those with non-physical and / or episodic disabilities that make gaining employment difficult; and working with disability advocates to make the application process more accessible.
Changing the Canadian Caregiver Credit from a non-refundable to a refundable tax credit and ensuring that all Canadians caring for relatives with a physical or mental impairment are treated equally.
Improving the Registered Disability Savings Plan by making withdrawals in situations of financial distress or housing needs less punitive.
Reviewing the impact of the ten-year rule to allow people under age 60 to access their RDSP funds.
Question for Candidates
Will you work to reform the Disability Tax Credit to make it more inclusive and accessible?
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