FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2021
Ottawa, ON – Today, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) joined forces with Jewish Federations across Canada, Jewish social service agencies, and grassroots disability advocates to launch Jewish Disability Advocacy Month (JDAM).
Aimed at advancing policies to make Canada more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities, this month-long series of events and initiatives includes an interactive roundtable with the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, as well as high-level discussions with parliamentarians from across the political spectrum including the Canadian Jewish community’s annual Disability Advocacy Day on Parliament Hill.
Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of CIJA, issued the following statement:
“Our country has taken important strides forward on the issue of inclusion for people with disabilities, but much more needs be done to address the shortfalls – and quickly.
“Advocating for policies that improve Accessibility has long been a CIJA priority. We are proud to join our partners in supporting Jewish Disability Advocacy Month as a springboard to foster a national conversation on an issue that impacts so many Canadians.
“We believe that this forum and the conversations we have with parliamentarians during the month will be a catalyst for policy change and lead to meaningful advances on fostering employment for disabled youth, supporting affordable housing for Canadians with disabilities, and improving the Disability Tax Credit.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada.
- CIJA’s asks on Accessibility policy include:
- Calling for reform of the Disability Tax Credit so the application process is simpler, less subjective, and more accessible for individuals and medical professionals.
- Ensuring that the Government of Canada dedicates 5% of any funds flowing through the National Housing Strategy for people with developmental disabilities, making it a requirement for provincial housing programs.
- Reforming the Canada Caregiver Credit to make it a refundable tax credit, ensuring that all Canadians caring for relatives with a physical or mental impairment are treated equally.
- For more information on Jewish Jewish Disability Advocacy Month (JDAM), click here.