Stop the inhumane treatment of Canadians with Disabilities...create jobs not welfare
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As a person with a disability, who is jobless and actively seeking employment, has an education and skills and is looking at a homeless future, I am seeking answers and change for all Canadians similarly affected. We want to know:
WHY DOES CANADA, A NON THIRD WORLD COUNTRY HAVE THE FOLLOWING STAT?
51% of CANADIAN ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE JOBLESS
We desperately need to change the non-working status of Canadians with Disabilities. To foster their security, safety and ensure their ability to maintain a roof over their heads vs homelessness.
In order for this change to occur, we need every Canadian to come to the realization that at any moment, anyone can become disabled (through illness or injury)and still need to be able to make their way in life. We need the Canadian Government (Federal and Provincial), to wake up to this very desperate issue, come up with a meaningful plan to ensure employers are willing to hire and develop long lasting employment opportunities. The current wage subsidy plan, is not an adequate incentive for employers to foster long lasting employment opportunities. These subsidies ONLY, encourage employers to hire cheap labour. Once the subsidy ends, most times the employment ends.
Currently, People with Disabilities are forced to live on extremely meager pensions or, parents and families of their disabled loved ones feel the stress of trying to save up enough to not only prepare for their own retirements, but to also save up enough to support their loved ones once they (parents) have passed on, to ensure quality of life, for the remainder of the disabled persons life.
Many Canadians with disabilities are intelligent, educated and skilled. They are eager to work, to be contributing members of society and to support themselves. Unfortunately, they are routinely passed over for positions because of disability. Gainful employment fosters an independent lifestyle and an improved sense of self.
Technology today, offers many options to assist the disabled to function optimally for an employer. One such aide, Voice Recognition Software, enables an individual who does not have the use of their upper limbs, to type and use most software programs. The expense of providing an individual with this software and other tech devices, would be far cheaper for the government than providing an ongoing tax payer paid, monthly income.
In British Columbia, the monthly disability amount is $1152. The average monthly rent in BC is $1000. This leaves $152 for utilities, food, transportation, and incidentals. There is no extra for any entertainment items and this leaves the individual confined to their homes, isolated from their peers and communities. This becomes a very lonely and depressing existence.
We need the Canadian Government at both levels, to rework the disability pension amounts. A TIERED, pension system. Those who really CANNOT work due to severe disability need to receive a livable amount and a lesser pension amount to those with lesser disabilities.
STOP, THINK... IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE BECAME DISABLED TODAY, WOULD ANY OF THE ABOVE BE ADEQUATE?
BE THE CHANGE.
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