As the federal election enters its seventh day, federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is emphasizing his plan to increase disability payments as part of a broader package of budget issues.
O’Toole promised to boost the yearly bonus for low-income Canadians living with disabilities to $1,500 at a campaign event in Edmonton on Saturday morning, affecting around 90,000 people.
In the Tory platform announced Monday, a further increase to a refundable tax credit for all low-income workers was guaranteed.
O’Toole also says federal and provincial social programs should not punish employment by clawing back benefits for working Canadians, adding he would overhaul the patchwork of disability supports.
The Liberals vowed in its April budget to expand disability benefits under the federal student loan program, allowing up to 40,000 people to receive awards of up to $22,000 each.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who is in Toronto on Saturday, has pledged to expand income security programs to provide a guaranteed livable income to Canadians with disabilities.
Source_ The Canadian Press