Broadbent Institute Recommends Increases to PWD

Micheal Prince of the Broadbent Institute is recommending increase to the disability rates. In a story by the CBC, it outlines that the rates are not indexed and have not been raised significantly since 2004. As a result, people with disabilities are living well below the poverty line. Michael Prince said, the \”annual rates right now are not enough to cover living expenses. The rate now for a year is a little over $11,500,\” he explained. \”I\’m looking at getting that up to the neighbourhood of $19,000, or $19,500. To get there, that means a steady, not immodest amount of money — $50 million to $150 million each year — incrementally invested through two governments and eight budgets.\”

Let\’s hope that this upcoming provincial budget has earmarked some funding for this important issue.