Long-Term Disability: What If You’re Employer Goes Broke?

On May 10, 2012, in Canada, Toronto, by Jason Hall

Toronto’s University Avenue, known for years as “Tombstone Row”, is headquarters for the largest number of private insurance companies. And it’s along this broad avenue, that there was some recent rejoicing at the federal government’s 2012 Budget. The private insurance industry was pleased to see the government’s commitment to introducing legislation that requires federally-regulated employers […]

Celebrating Mental Health Week: May 7-13, 2012

On May 5, 2012, in Canada, by Jason Hall

May 7 through 13 is reserved to observe and celebrate Mental Health Week, so what better way to celebrate it than dispel some of the myths and prejudices that surround mental health. Unlike physical health claims, mental health claims are often more nuanced and difficult to verify. It is this nuancing that provides loopholes private […]

Long-Term Disability Claims: A Cross-Country Check

On May 3, 2012, in Burnaby, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Yukon, by Jason Hall

From coast to coast to coast, Canadians with long-term disabilities are finding their rights increasingly eroded, both from private insurers and government regulations. Amid a climate of restraint, it has become easier to role back hard won victories made by and for some of our most vulnerable citizens, but it’s not all bad news. Let’s […]

 

Long-Term Disabilities Top Social Issues in Forthcoming Alberta Election

On April 21, 2012, in Alberta, Calgary, by Jason Hall

The Wildrose party’s intent on cutting government spending raises concerns about social issues for Albertans with long-term disabilities. While the Redford government has increased payments to welfare programs its 2012 Budget, a debate about the future of social programs in Alberta calls these gains into question even with the Conservatives in power. The push to […]

How Provincial Budgets Affect Those with Long-term Disabilities

On April 15, 2012, in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, by Jason Hall

The last few blog posts have focused on how the Federal 2012 Budget affect those with long-term disabilities. This post takes you on a quick tour of changes to legislation of provincial budgets. Starting in the West… In Victoria, the British Columbia 2012 Provincial Budget offers social services to provide $294 million over three years […]

Long-Term Planning for Long-Term Disabilities

On April 12, 2012, in Canada, Ottawa, by Jason Hall

Amid the media hype and public outcry vis-à-vis the Nation’s 2012 Annual Budget, little attention is being paid to changes to its Economic Action Plan 2012, particularly RDSPs (Registered Disability Savings Plan), perhaps in part because these changes are beneficial to Canadians with long-term disabilities. In 2011, the RDSP was reviewed—consistent with intentions set forth […]

Disabilities And The Federal Budget

On April 5, 2012, in Burnaby, Canada, New Westminster, Ottawa, Winnipeg, by Jason Hall

Seen through aging eyes, Jim Flaherty’s budget speech, (delivered Thursday in the House of Commons), raises a number of alarm bells. While it seems fairly favourable to those with long-term disabilities, (his Economic Action Plan 2012 makes the claim that “the federal government is following through on its commitment to review the Registered Disability Savings […]

Tax Time: Do You Know What Disability Tax Credits You Can Claim?

On March 29, 2012, in Canada, Ottawa, by Jason Hall

Do you know what disability tax credits you’re entitled to? If you’re living with a long-term disability, you may be eligible for the Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP). First introduced in 2008, the RDSP is designed to help those with disabilities and their caregivers attain long-term financial security. It’s based on the Registered Education Savings […]

Disability Claims: A Story of Two Women

On March 4, 2012, in Canada, Ottawa, Vancouver, by Rosalie McLachlin

Canadian women with disabilities are having trouble getting the respect they deserve. Increasingly, when workplace insurance is most needed, it’s denied. Here’s a story of what two Canadian women experienced when they found themselves with long-term disabilities. Fighting for Canada’s Female Soldiers The recent death of Captain Nichola Goddard serving in Afghanistan underlines that along […]

What To Do If Your Work-Related Disability Claim Is Denied

On February 29, 2012, in Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Vancouver, by Jason Hall

Chronic stress in the workplace cause is being blamed for increased disability claims in Canada, but as with many mental health issues, its harder to make a case for a disability claim. According to a survey Towers Watson, “Despite growing awareness and action, mental health conditions continue to be the most common reason for disability […]

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