Questions for Candidates

Creating an Accessible and Inclusive Canada

  • National Action Plan on Disability—Will you work to implement the National Action Plan on Disability, which has been endorsed by organizations of and for people with disabilities, individuals with disabilities and their families, and other groups and individuals who support equality?
  • Social Policy is Homeless—Will you work to ensure that social policy has a central role in the Government of Canada?
  • What is your Party's social platform?

Alleviating Poverty

  • Does your Party plan to improve the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) by making it refundable?
  • Does your Party intend to make those eligible for the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) benefit automatically eligible for the DTC?
  • Does your Party support making the CPPD non-taxable?
  • Does your Party agree to expand EI Sick Benefits to 52 weeks?
  • Does your Party intend to ensure that the Provinces and Territories do not claw back the Registered Disability Savings Plan from recipients on social assistance?
  • Is your Party in favor of expanding the federal role in income support for Canadians with disabilities thus freeing up provincial and territorial money for investment in disability-related supports?).


  • Will your Party make the Federal Government a model employer of people with disabilities?
  • Will your Party establish participation goals for people with disabilities in the Labor Market Development Agreements?
  • Will your Party contribute more money to the Multilateral Framework Agreement on Labor Force Participation of People with Disabilities and the Opportunities Fund to create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities?

Access, Inclusion, and Full Citizenship

Will your Party:

  • regulate for access transportation modes in federal jurisdiction?
  • ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?
  • establish an accessible technology Procurement Policy for Canada?
  • renew and expand the Social Development Partnerships Disability Program?
  • re-establish the Court Challenges Program's capacity to fund equality rights test case litigation?
  • amend the National Building Code to include Universal Design principles?
  • ensure that Universal Design principles guide all infrastructure initiatives?
  • ensure that the electoral process is accessible to persons with disabilities so that everyone can participate fully and vote independently and secretly?
  • Will your Party amend the Official Language Act to recognize ASL/QL as official languages?
  • Will your Party re-establish a Parliamentary Committee on disability issues?

Investment in Disability-Related Supports

Will your Party:

  • Work with the provinces and territories to provide support for the building of safe, affordable, accessible and supportive housing?
  • Acknowledge that residential institutions have no place in the lives of people with disabilities and work with the Provinces and Territories to close remaining institutions?
  • Work with Bands to improve access to disability-related supports for First Nations Persons on Reserves?