You may be wondering why Disability Assistance rates are an issue, about the history surrounding disability assistance in BC, or why the government should bear any responsibility for the well-being of its disabled citizens. I hope the following resources are helpful.
Canada ratified the UN Convention on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities in 2010. In 2014, the BC government announced that it wanted to be the most progressive province in Canada for people with disabilities.
Access the UNCRPD document here. From Article 28, “Adequate Standard of Living and Social Protection”:
“States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions, and shall take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of this right without discrimination on the basis of disability.”
Bill C-7 / Medical Assistance in Dying:
Proposed changes to Bill C-7 would expand its scope to include people with disabilities who do not have a “reasonably foreseeable death.” As of this writing (Jan. 11, 2021) the bill is being discussed in the Senate.
Un Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights Letter to the Federal Government expressing concern over ableism of bill, failure to meet UNCRPD obligations.
Dignity Denied a disability led organization that formed to oppose Bill C-7
Leadnow Campaign to stop Bill C-7