Video: Alberta, Ontario barely meeting needs of people with disabilities - BC failing
New study compares support for disabled across three provinces
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CALGARY, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Most people will agree that a
fundamental role of government is to provide a safety net for people
who are disabled and have no source of income. However, in a
groundbreaking comparative study released today by The School of Public
Policy, Prof. Ron Kneebone reveals a disparity between the support
provided by BC, Alberta and Ontario to disabled residents, and argues
that BC is failing to provide for basic needs.
Kneebone's analysis begins with a discussion on the definition of
poverty and notes that while there are many such definitions there is
no official measure of poverty. Kneebone introduces two addition
measures of income adequacy - the income required to meet very basic
needs and the amount the federal government provides to poor seniors -
and includes these in his comparison to levels of income support
provided to persons with disabilities.
Kneebone shows that as a result of recent increases to payments to
people with disabilities, Alberta provides an amount that ranks it
first amongst the three provinces, and is roughly equivalent to the
amount the federal government provides to poor seniors.
While not as "generous" as Alberta, Ontario also provides an amount that
could meet basic human needs, barely.
Surprisingly, British Columbia does not. According to Kneebone "the
level of support provided to disabled persons in BC is disturbing; it
falls slightly below that measure of income required to meet basic
The study also concludes that the cost of increasing support levels to
people with disabilities is relatively small.
The paper's final observation is that Canadians seem to accept the level
of income support provided to poor seniors as a reasonable level to
offer someone unable to work and with no other source of income.
"We think that this seems to be a level of income support most Canadians
would support as appropriate for persons with disabilities," Kneebone
writes. "Others may (and likely will) disagree with that assessment and
advocate for a still higher level of income that would take support
closer to another established low-income measure." The paper can be
found at www.policyschool.ca/publications.
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SOURCE University of Calgary - School of Public Policy
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