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Canadian COVID-19 Disability Benefit, Even If Approved, Would 'Miss All Kinds Of People'

Tuesday 16 June 2020


From Canada's Global News:


Robert Morley
Robert Morley

COVID-19 disability benefit, even if approved, would ‘miss all kinds of people’

By Erica Alini
June 13, 2020
©2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc. Corus News. All rights reserved.

On June 5, the federal government promised a one-time payment of up to $600 for Canadians living with disabilities to help lessen the financial strain tied to the novel coronavirus pandemic. That financial aid is now in limbo, as the measure was part of a bill that failed to receive bipartisan support on Wednesday.

But even if Ottawa finds a way to deliver the income support, as government officials have vowed to do, the funds will remain out of reach for a significant share of Canadians with disabilities.

The money “misses all kinds of people,” said Ottawa resident Robert Morley, speaking before Parliament’s vote on Wednesday.

Morley, who was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, is one of those people. While his disability is a lifelong condition, he lost his eligibility for the federal disability tax credit (DTC) and with it the ability to receive the $600 payment.


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