Disabled British Columbians can get a big financial boost, but most don’t

By Don Cayo of The Vancouver Sun Severely disabled adults are, with far too few exceptions, poor. And everyone knows that poor people who scrape by on government assistance or minimum wage can never expect to accumulate any assets — … Continued

Starting Young

Ensuring That Kendra Can Make More Personal Choices For Kevin and Simon Porter and their nine-year old daughter Kendra, it comes down to choice. It’s a concept that most people take for granted, but something that is dearly important to … Continued

RDSPs gaining in popularity—The Canadian Press

In August more than 1,600 disabled athletes descended on Toronto for the 2015 Para Pan Am Games. Their skill and competitive spirit brought to light the enormous challenges they face in their pursuit of athletic excellence and in their daily … Continued

Stephen Harper Promises Boosts To Disability Grants—huffingtonpost.ca

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The federal Conservatives are promising to improve disability grants if re-elected next month. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his government would increase the maximum annual Canada Disability Savings Grant for low- and middle-class families from $3,500 to … Continued

Registered Disability Savings Plans a boon to disabled—Financial Independence Hub

By Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development Special to the Financial Independence Hub If you have a disability or if you have a child with a disability, you should know about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). The … Continued

Minister Bergen Highlights Government Initiatives to Help Families Save for their Futures

June 5, 2015 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Employment and Social Development Canada The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, spoke today at the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners’ annual conference where she encouraged financial planners to … Continued

RDSP Family Member Allowance Extended to 2018

Registered Disability Savings Plan – Legal Representation Canada’s Budget 2012 introduced a temporary measure to allow a qualifying family member (i.e., a beneficiary’s parent, spouse or common-law partner) to become the plan holder of a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) … Continued

Changes sought for disabled PEI Islanders — Journal Pioneer

P.E.I. Association for Community Living members were in Summerside Friday to impress upon candidates the importance of making these changes to help disabled Islander to achieve full inclusion in community life. “As P.E.I. is going to the polls we wanted … Continued

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PLAN BC partners with BMO on distribution of disability resource written by Order of Canada Recipient

  Vancouver, B.C. – British Columbians who have a family member with a disability can now acquire a free copy of Safe and Secure at BMO branches across B.C. The publication offers helpful information related to disability benefits, taxation, Representation … Continued

Tax season 2015: The disability tax credit and the push for fee limits—CBC News

Efforts underway to regulate consultants and improve the application process Mention the term “disability tax credit” to some people, and you’ll get an earful. It’s not worth enough, some say, or applying for it is too complex, or the Canada … Continued