Consultations to lift Canadians with disabilities out of poverty are in full swing! It’s time to talk numbers!

Dec 14, 2023

For several years, in Australia, there has been the Disability Support Pension. It’s a concept comparable to what Canada wants to put in place in 2024. Let’s compare them.

For who?

In Australia: 3.7% of the population was a beneficiary in 2022,

In Canada: scenarios dictate that between 0.69% and 3.4% of Canadians are eligible.

Then, how much?

Australians with disabilities can count on a minimum income equivalent to the poverty line +8.8%.

In Canada, the Parliamentary Budget Director provides for minimum revenues ranging from

1. Worst scenario: the average poverty line (MPC) at

2. Best scenario: GPA+30%

Finally, how much could it cost the public purse?

First of all, you should know that all of Australia’s income support spending (all levels combined), in 2021-22, was equivalent to 11.7% of their GDP. In Canada, it was 10.1%. This is below the average investment in developed OECD countries, around 12%.

Canadian scenarios currently provide for an additional investment of $2 to $20 billion, or 0.09% to 0.91% of our GDP, in income support.

Because this discussion is important, I am pleased to invite you on December 19, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. EST. I will present my vision of what this measure could look like, which would have the potential to significantly reduce poverty in the country.

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