Selfadvocatenet.com a page for the Canadian Federal Election this year date is Oct 21st,2019
To All Self Advocacy Groups. Self Advocate Net is a partner in the I Am Voting initiative.
Our goals are to make sure that everyone knows they have the right to vote and give people the information they need to vote. The Federal Election is October 21, 2019.
If you have a group meeting or event before the election on October 21, it would be a good time to talk about voting.
You can get involved by taking pictures and posting them to the I Am Voting facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IAmVotingFederalElection2019/.
We will have information about how to vote soon. Website: https://iamvoting.arts.ubc.ca/ Instragram: IAmVoting2019
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Calculated Politics check out as well if interested gives you all riding’s projected in this Federal Election,2019
This Podcast episode features self-advocate leaders Alexander Magnussen and Vicki Wang, as well as UBC students Evelyn Elgie and Archana Garg.
They discuss the challenges faced when participating in elections, offering personal experiences and advice for other people with disabilities and their support staff.
podcast go to the link here
October 21st Live Coverage of Election you can watch it here on CPAC Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC). Live
Canada Votes you can watch Federal Election Live On October 21st,2019 CBC Coverage of election
CBC Gem has the ASL Interpretation: Canada Votes Election Night Special LIVE go directly to watch it to picture below for those needing to interpretation on election night.
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Thanks to all the self-advocates who shared their thoughts about the election on this video! Are you voting this upcoming election? Let us know by posting on our page or by sharing this video and include why voting is important to you.
Your right to vote is one of the most important rights you have. In this video, Bryce from Selfadvocatenet.com Our Voice,Our Strength shares some of the rights you have as voter.
I Am Voting: Federal Election 2019 is a community initiative designed to:
• ensure all Canadians with disabilities can participate fully in election activities and vote
• promote priority attention for disability issues in the election
• support Canadians with disabilities in making informed voting decisions
Inclusion BC Federal Election Guide take look at it click here
Coverage of Canadian Federal Election News Headlines and regarding People with Disabilities in spotlight.
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The National Post Newsletter
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Election season is here!
In partnership with UBC’s Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), DABC has created a printable guide to accompany UBC’s Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship’s I Am Voting campaign. The guide compiles information on voting and accessibility, including suggestions about what to look for when choosing a candidate.
We hope that this guide will be a useful tool for the community before and on election day.
Please print out a few copies for your office and share this with other organizations or individuals that might benefit from the information.
For more information on the I Am Voting campaign, please visit www.iamvoting.arts.ubc.ca.
Thank you, and happy voting!
This From People First of Canada Self Advocacy Group
If you need support to vote in this election – you have choices! You can bring your support person or an Elections Canada worker can help you.
Federal Election 2019 A National Disability Action Plan
From Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL)
Also is issue registered disability saving plan ask candidates on DTC eligibility
disability accessibility act that been created ask the candidates if believe to saving act or scraping it
USING THIS HANDBOOK
This guide is designed to be your one-stop-shop for the information you need to understand and participate in the 2019 Canadian federal election on October 21st, 2019.
This handbook is for you. It equips you with everything you need to make a well-informed decision to vote in the upcoming federal election. Inside, you will find reliable information on Canada’s parties, learn how to engage on issues that are important to you, and what to do when it comes to “fake news.” We’ll also get down to the nitty gritty – the how, why, and where of voting on Election Day.
Go to this information is on a website the Democratic Engagement Exchange go to the link here
And click on picture below to get your copy PDF of the Election handbook
Here link to Wikipedia 2019 Canadian Federal Election Information go to the link here
Also go to the Wikipedia 2019 Canadian Federal Election information on List of all Candidates click here
Election Action 2019 Pain BC has go to their website for more on their election action 2019 click here
Did you know that one in five Canadians, from children to seniors, live with chronic pain? Chronic pain, or pain that persists for more than 3 months, is one of the leading causes of suffering and disability in our country. It disproportionately impacts vulnerable people like seniors, people with disabilities, and people who have experienced trauma, and is associated with the worst quality of life when compared with other chronic diseases.
Chronic pain increases a person’s likelihood of experiencing depression, anxiety, poor social relationships, financial hardship, and even suicide. It has a profound impact on our society – the costs of direct care alone are estimated to total more than $7.2 billion per year.
And yet Health Canada’s Canadian Pain Task Force recently reported what Canadians with pain have known for too long: more resources and policy coordination are desperately needed to address the vast disparities in health care available to people living with pain across Canada. Recent polling by Angus Reid shows that 92% of Canadians agree that people with pain should have access to pain treatment and care, regardless of income. And yet that same poll showed more than 75% of people with severe pain believe they would be in less pain if they could afford to pay for available treatments.
On September 17th, DABC will be participating in UBC’s Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL)’s workshop, It’s Election Time: Support People with Disabilities to Vote: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8omGV0AUwUG8dCd).
This workshop brings together community partners, students, staff, and faculty to brainstorm short-term projects they can do in small teams leading up to the election to help people with disabilities to vote.
Through this initiative, we hope to make the upcoming election more accessible and inclusive, and we’d like to hear from you: What would help to ensure you vote in the upcoming elections? #ActivatingDemocracy
Here is what the party platforms what political parties are promising can check out
The Green Party of Canada Platform and their promises click on their logo
Here is a promise The Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May Committed to in her platform
Safe Affordable Housing Federal incentives for purpose-built rental housing were eliminated in the 1970s. During decades of encouraging home ownership, federal support for co-ops, rental housing, social housing and supportive housing has languished. We now face a national shortage of affordable housing and as a result, a growing problem of homelessness and housing insecurity.The Liberal government’s National Housing Strategy does not address immediate core housing needs across Canada.
Funding for affordable housing will roll out over 15 years but it is needed now. The first-time home buyer grant has been criticized for exacerbating housing speculation and commodification.It is past time that the government of Canada moves to ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable housing.
The Green Party will enhance the federal government’s contribution to meeting the housing needs of Canadians through direct investments, changes to tax policies, and lending and granting programs, putting the government’s focus where it is urgently needed.
DIRECT INVESTMENTS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT• Legislate housing as a legally protected fundamental human right for all Canadians and permanent residents.• Appoint a Minister of Housing to strengthen the National Housing Strategy so that it meets the needs for affordable housing that are unique to each province, and oversee its implementation in collaboration with provincial ministers. This recognizes that housing is provincial jurisdiction. The target would be 25,000 new and 15,000 rehabilitated units annually for the next 10 years.•
Increase the National Housing Co-investment Fund by $750 million for new builds, and the Canada Housing Benefit by $750 million for rent assistance for 125,000 households.• Create a Canada Co-op Housing Strategy that would update the mechanisms for financing co-op housing, in partnership with CMHC, co-op societies, credit unions and other lenders.• Eliminate the first-time home buyer grant.
FINANCING• Include new and existing housing as eligible infrastructure for funding purposes, allowing the Canada Infrastructure Bank to support provincial and municipal housing projects.• Provide financing to non-profit housing organizations and cooperatives to build and restore quality, energy efficient housing for seniors, people with special needs and low-income families.
SUPPORT FOR INCOMES AND WORKERS• Establish a universal Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) program to replace the current array of in-come supports, such as disability payments, social assistance and income supplements for seniors. Building on the MBM, payment would be set at a “livable” level for different regions of the country.
The negotiation to implement a livable income across the country would take place through the Council of Canadian Governments. Unlike existing income support programs, additional income would not be clawed back. Those earning above a certain total income would pay the GLI back in taxes. 29•
Establish the federal minimum wage of $15 per hour. Canada once had a national wage standard but it was removed by a previous Liberal government and in that time regressive wage policies – like training wages well below minimum wage – have been introduced in various provinces.
Reinstating a federal minimum wage will create a wages floor for every Canadian no matter where they live or work
The New Democratic Party of Canada Platform and their promises click on their logo
Here is a promise NDP leader Jagmeet Singh Committed to in his platform
REMOVING BARRIERS FOR PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES
WE CAN DO MUCH MORE TO MAKE Canada an inclusive and barrier-free place.
As a start, New Democrats will uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and strengthen the Accessibility Act to cover all federal agencies equally, with the power to make and enforce accessibility standards in a timely manner. To help tackle the unacceptable rate of poverty among Canadians living with a disability, we will launch a full review of income security programs. When it comes to employment, everyone deserves a fair shot at a good job that fits their unique abilities.
A New Democrat government will continue and expand employment programs to make sure that quality employment opportunities are available to all.
For Canadians facing a serious illness, we’ll make Employment Insurance work better by extending sickness benefits to 50 weeks of coverage, and creating a pilot project to allow workers with episodic disabilities to access benefits as they need them.
Canadians living with disabilities shouldn’t need to worry about the cost of prescription medication, how to find housing, or how to get their mail. In addition to putting in place a universal, publicly funded national pharmacare program that will offer full benefits to all Canadians, a New Democrat government will restore door-to-door mail delivery for those who lost it under the Conservatives, and create affordable, accessible housing in communities across the country.
Finally, we will work with Canadians living with Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop and implement a national Autism strategy that will coordinate support for research, ensure access to needs-based services, promote employment, and help expand housing options.
A New Democrat government will bring in mixed-member proportional representation that works for Canada – and we will do it in our first mandate in government.
We’ll establish an independent citizen’s assembly to recommend the best way to put it in place for the next election to ensure both local representation and a federal government that reflects the voters’ choice of parties. Once Canadians have the opportunity to experience the new voting system and compare it to the old one, we will hold a referendum to confirm the choice.
The Conservative Party of Canada Platform and their promises click on their logo
Here is a promise conservative leader Andrew Committed to Sheer in his platform
September 30, 2019
Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act could help 35,000 more Canadians with disabilities
A new Conservative government will introduce the Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act, allowing 35,000 more Canadians to qualify and apply for the Disability Tax Credit, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced today.
This new Act will reduce the number of hours spent per week on life-sustaining therapy needed to qualify for the credit from 14 to 10. It will also expand the definition of what counts as life-sustaining therapy to include determining dosages of medical food and activities related to determining dosages of medication, including dietary or exercise regimes. This would allow 35,000 more Canadians with disabilities the potential to access savings of an average of $2,100 a year.
“A new Conservative government will support Canadians with disabilities in ways that leave more money in their pockets to help them manage their health needs,” Scheer said. “We will make sure that Canadians with a disability can care for themselves and parents of children with disabilities can support their children without worrying about their bottom line.”
Under our policy, a Canadian with type 1 diabetes who currently spends an average of 10 hours per week managing his or her condition would qualify for the Disability Tax Credit.
In 2017, Justin Trudeau changed how Canadians qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan, stripping important financial support from thousands of
Canadians with disabilities.
“Trudeau has made life more expensive for all Canadians, including those with disabilities,” Scheer said. “A new Conservative government will live within its means. We will lower your taxes and put more money in your pocket so you can worry less about your bottom line and focus on living life to your full potential.”
Conservative MP Tom Kmiec introduced the Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act in 2018 but the bill did not pass before parliament was dissolved.
The Liberal Party of Canada Platform and their promises click on their logo
Here is a promise Justin Trudeau the leader of Liberal Party of Canada Committed to in his platform
More Accessible Workplaces and Schools We will make it easier for people with disabilities to work or attend school. Across Canada, nearly 650,000 people with disabilities have the potential to work or attend school, but aren’t able to do so because they don’t have access to the accommodations that would make this possible.
To help more people with disabilities go to school, enter the workforce, and join the middle class, we will move forward with a new $40 million per year national workplace accessibility fund, with a special focus on making small and medium-sized business-es more accessible.
This fund will match costs with employers and schools, providing up to a combined $10,000 to cover the cost of an accommodation.
Employers and schools will continue to be required to meet their accessibility obligations under provincial and federal law.
Disability Benefits We will make it easier for veterans to get disability benefits. No veteran should ever have to suffer in silence.
To help ease the stigma that many may feel about starting a disability claim, and to make sure that every veteran gets the help they need, we will give our veterans up to $3,000 in free counselling services before a disability claim is required. This will give veterans in need of help nearly six months of free support, provided directly by VAC or one if its service partners, and will help as many as 20,000 veterans each year.
And to simplify and shorten the process, we will move forward with automatic approval for the most common disability applications, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and arthritis, among others.
The People Party of Canada Platform and their promises click on their logo
Read the policies and promises of the six main parties on this election’s pressing issues. These will be updated as parties add to their platforms ahead of the Oct. 21 election.
CBC TV coverage Canada Votes 2019
Here is some questions to ask in this election and CBC TV and french leaders debates Oct 7TH and Oct 10th,2019
Let’s Get These Questions in the Debate
Let’s get these questions asked in the upcoming federal debate:
1. Despite the passage of Canada’s historic national accessibility legislation in 2019, federal funding can still be used to create accessibility barriers for Canadians with disabilities. For example, there is a critical need for affordable housing for people with disabilities, but there is no requirement that housing supported by the federal government be accessible. What is your commitment to ensuring that anything the government funds, such as housing initiatives, be accessible for people with disabilities?2. Over half a million Canadians with disabilities are able to work, but are unemployed due to barriers in the workplace. This leads to poverty, poor social outcomes, and dependence on costly public programs. What is your commitment to ensuring people with disabilities have access to barrier-free employment and training opportunities that meet their needs and provide an adequate income?
Over 100 disability-related organizations were asked to submit two questions that they would like to ask federal election candidates. As people with disabilities represent 22% of the population, we are in a position to expect our political parties to recognize our issues and have solutions ready when they form the Government of Canada. When candidates come knocking, ask them some of these questions, or ones of your own.
These questions are provided in language of origin.
- Despite the passage of Canada’s historic national accessibility legislation in 2019, federal funding can still be used to create accessibility barriers for Canadians with disabilities. For example, there is a critical need for affordable housing for people with disabilities, including a growing number of older adults who have disabilities, but there is no requirement that housing supported by the federal government be accessible. What is your commitment to ensuring that anything the government funds, such as housing initiatives, be accessible for people with disabilities?
- Over half a million Canadians with disabilities are able to work, but are unemployed due to barriers in the workplace. This leads to poverty, poor social outcomes, and dependence on costly public programs. What is your commitment to ensuring people with disabilities have access to barrier-free employment and training opportunities that meet their needs and provide an adequate income?
- Effective communication is essential when accessing all services. Over half a million Canadians who have speech, language and communication disabilities, report significant barriers because they use ways other than speech to communicate. What will your party do to ensure that they have the communication supports they may require when accessing government services?
- While accessible and affordable transportation remains a big challenge for many individuals and families living with disabilities even in urban areas, what does your party plan to do to address this growing issue and more specifically how you will support addressing this issue in rural communities across the country thus ensuring equality in transport options for ALL Canadians.
- With the passing of Bill C-81, what does your party plan to do to encourage, assist, support and hold accountable, businesses of all sizes to embrace this federal accessibility act and promote active participation from businesses big and small all across the country to ensure an equal, an accessible and truly inclusive Canada, for Canadians living with disabilities now and for future generations.
- Will you and your party support and advance the framework of the “Moving Forward Together: A Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work”: https://www.iwh.on.ca/newsletters/at-work/95/seeking-broad-input-on-pan-canadian-strategy-to-improve-work-choices-for-people-with-disabilities
- I am the mother of a young man who has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal. He is able to communicate through a computer device. He is interested in politics and probably stays informed more than the average person. It is great that attention is being turned to making voting more accessible. I am very interested in knowing what is being proposed by your party to make the voting booth accessible to people who have speech and communication limitations. Look forward to your response.
- Why do rural communities not have funds to provide appropriate interpreters for educational purposes by using sign that can causes problem for the students all during their school journey as they don’t have appropriate access to their languages?
- Indigenous Deaf people have more challenges to have access to interpreter service because their reserves don’t recognize their human rights to access information. What can we do about this?
- When will all Canadians have a building code that removes barriers and creates inclusion for housing, schools, businesses, public services, transportation etc.
- Will you commit to funding the Enabling Accessibility Fund to meet demand?
- Will national transfer dollars to provide employment services include more supports to indigenous job seekers with disabilities?
- Will there be a national strategy to improve access to services for indigenous persons with disabilities?
- What is your party planning regarding ensuring that the built environment (i.e. public buildings, side and crosswalks) are fully accessible for all disabilities not only wheelchair accessible? This would mean audio elevators, audio street signals, colour contrast, etc.
- What is your party planning for full accessible elections into the future which would provide independent voting for all? i.e. polling stations on bus routes, well light areas inside as well as outside, electronic voting mechanisms, yo name a few ideas.
- Access to full service gas stations is a critical issue for persons with disabilities and seniors, especially those who are in the labour force. Current practice is having to book an appointment between 10 am and 2 pm when stations have 2 staff members on site, to receive service, this is not reasonable. What is your party doing to ensure that under the Accessible Canada Act that gas stations are providing accessible, available full service options to persons with disabilities in Canada?
- Lack of access to playgrounds and play structures leaves a lot of children with disabilities on the sidelines watching others play. What is your party doing to ensure proper standards are put in place through the Canadian Standards Association “Annex H” to mandate fully accessible playgrounds and play structures? Meaning more than one piece of ground equipment or swing, actual integrated play structures for all abilities.
- The Government of Canada is fast approaching its second review in relation to its compliance with the articles contained in the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Although Canada and our provinces and territories can all highlight various initiatives relating to disability that they have implemented / supported that are in line with the spirit of the Convention, however are not consistent or necessarily available across Canada. When and what will your party do to fully implement the Convention in its entirety, equally in all communities of the Nation, ensuring an adequate standard of living and the social and economic inclusion of all people living with a disability?
- The Federal government looks to Civil Society (CSO) and Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPO) to assist them in their work within the disability sector. However adequate funding to support CSO / DPO’s in their work is rarely seen, particularity in the areas of accommodations and funding support at the provincial and community levels. With almost a quarter of Canadians living with a disability, what new funding and what increases to existing funding levels will your party implement to ensure that CSO / DPO’s and their clients / membership have the adequate support necessary, both immediately (after election) and throughout the upcoming years?
- Employment: Alarmingly, Canadians with disabilities are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than other Canadians. They face exclusion from quality education, from employment and from participation in their communities. According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities, about 59% of working-aged adults with a disability were employed compared to 80% of those without disabilities. Canadians with disabilities are seeking equality and more inclusive employment and training opportunities. Easter Seals Canada remains committed to working with persons living with disabilities, community, corporate partners and government to improve outcomes for people living with disabilities. Today, we call on all Federal Parties to share their plans to improve employment outcomes for persons with disabilities.
- Background: The Act outlines how to identify and remove accessibility barriers and prevent new barriers, under federal rule, including in: • built environments (buildings and public spaces) • employment (job opportunities and employment policies and practices) • information and communication technologies (digital content and technologies used to access it) • procurement of goods and services • delivering programs and services; and • transportation Question: We applaud the Federal Government on the recent passage of the Bill C81 – The Accessible Canada Act to make Canada barrier-free in areas under federal jurisdiction. However, we know that this Act will not be able to address the more substantive issues such as poverty, exclusion and a lack of access to needed disability supports because these issues are within provincial/territorial jurisdiction. This reinforces the need for a comprehensive Federal-Provincial and Territorial disability-supports strategy. What is your party’s plan to help address these challenges facing people with disabilities and will it include financial investments?
- Access to transportation and the costs associated is a critical issue for many people living with disabilities, and what is your party doing to ensure accessible, available and affordable transportation options are available for people living with disabilities in Canada?
- Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss has serious consequences for newborns, children, adults, and seniors creating barriers to accessibility. What is your party doing to ensure there is adequate hearing screening programs and affordable hearing aid options available across the lifespan for people living with hearing loss in Canada?
- The built environment is a critical issue for most people living with hearing loss. What is your party doing to remove barriers due to poor room acoustics and lack of assistive technologies to ensure accessibility in the receipt of goods and services, information and communication, public transportation, employment, and education for people living with hearing loss?
- We are all too familiar with the broken disability support systems in Canada which can be described as one of fragmented competition – a situation that leaves far too many persons with disabilities with poorly resourced and inadequate support services that are more costly than effective. Will your government consider a publicly funded universal national disability insurance program that will address the chronic problem of underfunding, inefficiency and inequity in the Canadian disability support system?
- Would your government consider the appointment of a Special Advisor to examine the ways and means to provide medicare for persons with disabilities in the form of a national insurance program that addresses the needs of all persons with disabilities?
- How are any accessibility laws and By-Laws being enforced or are they just an honour system?
- Are building codes going to require ALL buildings to ensure that they adapt their locations to be 100% accessible or are we going to keep using patchwork rules and guidelines?
- Will your party commit to adopting and funding a national policy and strategy to address Canada’s mental health crisis?
- Will this strategy address the significant gaps in services for persons with a dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and mental illness?
- Will your party commit to amending the Canada Health Act to include palliative care as a listed core service?
- Will your party commit to protecting and preserving the end of life criteria in Canada’s medical assistance in dying regime?
- Will your party commit to revisit the RDSP ten-year rule and address issues of legal capacity for persons with intellectual disabilities and their families so that they can appoint replacement plan holders under a national solution?
- Will your party commit to making the Disability Tax Credit refundable, and to working with provincial and territorial governments to ensure that a refundable credit is not clawed back for people receiving social assistance benefits?
- Will your party commit to developing and adopting a targeted and coordinated employment strategy for persons with disabilities?
- Will your party demonstrate best practices in inclusive hiring?
- Will your party adopt new legislation to protect and give explicit recognition to the right to adequate housing for all?
- Will your party commit to funding affordable, accessible and inclusive housing for those with intellectual disabilities?
- Will your party adopt the Housing Inclusivity Framework when funding housing-related projects across the country?
I Am Voting Chilliwack Society for Community Living story from Paul Kerr on Federal Election
Paul Kerr is very familiar with voting, as well as the work that goes into making an informed decision. His support staff will provide Paul the information needed to make the right choice for him at the ballot box.
Pamela Lawes, who supported Paul in voting in the last municipal election, explained what that looks like. “He will watch televised debates. He’s gone to the Cultural Centre to see debates as well. Beforehand, we’ll go over the candidates with him to give him background information.”
“A separate support worker will take him in for voting and see who he wants to vote for.” Lawes explained that it’s good to have several people involved in the process to keep it as balanced as possible.
In addition to exercising his right to vote in municipal and provincial ballots, the upcoming election will mark Paul’s second time voting on the federal level.
Lawes stated that her and others supporting Paul have been very pleased with the voting process itself. “They’ve been really great at the polling stations. We’ve never been questioned on his right to vote.”
One of the changes recommended by an advisory group for disability issues working with Elections Canada is to guarantee voters the right to have someone come in with them to support them in marking their ballot.
There are other new tools and measures in place this year, following recommendations by the advisory group. These measures are designed to make voting and the election process more accessible to all Canadians. They include tools to make the ballots easier to see, access to translators in American Sign Language, and polling stations that are accessible.
For people who are unable to make it to the polling station, there is an option to vote by mail, as well as a mobile voting station that can come to the individual’s home. These options need to be set up ahead of time.
When asked how Paul feels about taking part in the voting process, Lawes stated that it gives him a lot of pride. She stressed the importance of public forums. “He feels like a part of the community. Getting involved and being able to make a choice on who he wants to represent him.”
CSCL is a member of Inclusion BC that has put together a website to help people understand what voting is about and why it is important.
Check it out at: https://inclusionbc.org/i-am-voting/
This story is on Chilliwack Society for Community Living website go to the link here
And also Facebook Page I am Voting Federal Election 2019
Also to great info on website called Elections and Democracy
Then their is Canadian democracy week event in September you can check out their website click on picture below
More info check out on election 2019 called Democratic Engagement Exchange website click on picture
Canadian Association for community living resources on federal election 2019 click on picture below