February 11th, 2016

24334503214_1a96f61125_bLegislation introduced today by Social Development and Social Innovation Minister Michelle Stilwell will make it easier for some people with disabilities to receive disability assistance, including many youth transitioning into CLBC services.

Under this proposed legislation, government will be able to prescribe groups of people as Persons with Disabilities (PWD), without them have to complete a 28-page application or additional assessments by medical practitioners.

Initially, this change will benefit about 1,000 people each year, most of whom will be youth transitioning into CLBC services.

“This is great news. It will help my family out,” says Michelle Goos, whose daughter Cheyenne will be transitioning into CLBC services soon.

“It is nice to have the government make this change, as it means less paper work to apply for PWD designation.”

In the last few years, the ministry has also streamlined the disability assistance application process by reducing the application processing time for the PWD designation, and creating a simplified form for transitioning youth.

To learn more, you can click here to read the full government announcement.