I've noticed that in this election the policies specifically directed to people with disabilities have not been well discussed. Let's look at the platforms and see what is there along with what we can deduce from their costing. /1 #exln44
Let's start with the NDP xfer.ndp.ca/2021/Commitmen…

On page 28, the NDP commits, in the section of a livable income, to "lifting every...person living with a disability out of poverty...." Now they don't define poverty, I don't know if they will use the MBM or the LIM (I doubt the LICO) and if it will vary by jurisdiction./3
There is also no information on how they will define disability for eligibility for this benefit.

Some of this then will have to be deducted from costing. From the costing document, they commit to the following profile which doesn't reach $5B until the fifth year.

That costing tells me that either the definition of disability will be very narrow (e.g. DTC or CPP-D) or the benefit will not in fact lift everyone out of poverty (just those near the threshold) or this is a supplement to existing provincial disability programs /5
How do I come this this conclusion? Well using the back of an envelope if we were to provide a GIS level income ($1800/mth) to 1 million beneficiaries we would lift 650,000 people out of poverty at a cost of $7.5B/yr /6
As a result, it is not clear on how to square the words with $ and with the complexity of defining and assessing eligibility for a disability benefit. We also have no idea if the 'livable income' will be met by one program or piecing together several fed/prov programs. /7
As someone who has been involved both in BC and with @Disability_WP trying to design a workable and imlementable programs that achieves the objective of eliminating poverty I can tell you all these details matter and it is not clear to me what exactly the NDP are proposing. /8
Onto the Liberals, now they have a disability statement. liberal.ca/wp-content/upl…

Here they talk about creating a new Canada Disability Benefit modelled after the GIS. While the did table legislation about this benefit, the legislation included no details. /9
I see no additional details about the potential CDB in the platform. The statement commits to reducing poverty among Canadian with disabilities which I know means using the MBM because that is in the Poverty Reduction Strategy. /10
I don't see any costing in the platform for a CDB. Not sure why, but possibly because they will be consulting heavily with the community to design the CDB. If I take them at word about the GIS narrative then see my tweet above about such a plan. /11
I have to wonder if costing is not here because the Budget 2021 said the following which really means the disability community will continue to wait for much needed income support /12
So much like the NDP plan we are lacking important details to truly understand what is being committed to. But it sounds like something in the order of $7-8B for this program. /13
The CPC's plan is to double the disability supplement in the Canada Workers Benefit, which only goes to people with disabilities that can work, and where the household income is below the threshold that allows you to qualify for the CWB. /14
Unfortunately, the cost is not separated from the companion proposal to double the CWB for everyone. They do say it will help nearly "90,000 disabled workers". Let's just say that is a very small proportion of those with disabilities. /15
Their other plan is to make it slightly easier to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit, which again only benefits those with disabilities with taxable income and whose tax owing allows for the use of the DTC to reduce it. The cost of this is 👇/16
I am not going to review any other plans because these are the plans for the two parties either of which will form the basis of the government and the one party in place to support if that is a minority government. /17
But it is pretty clear if you are a person with disability that would qualify for income support only the LPC and the NDP have some sense of plan here, but not enough details to know what exactly is on offer. /fin

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