In the Globe & Mail on Monday, February 27, Deputy Ottawa Bureau Chief Bill Curry published an article, “Senators question disability benefit legislation unanimously approved by MPs”.
Senators are raising questions about the recently unanimously approved Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, which promises to provide a new federal benefit for people living with disabilities in order to reduce poverty.
While some organizations have urged senators to pass the bill as soon as possible, others – including Share Lawyers VP Litigation Steven Muller - have called for amendments due to potential clauses allowing provinces and insurance companies to claw back existing payments when the new benefit takes effect. The Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough has indicated that she is open to ways of improving the bill while working with provinces to ensure that no unintended consequences arise from existing benefits.
The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association has suggested amending the bill in order to classify it as a “social benefit” so that it can't be used against other benefits.
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