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 “partly to address a growing demand for disability benefits”. Also, the budget is upping funding $144 million to improve support for those with developmental disabilities.

 

Alberta claims to be keeping its promise by adding $400 per month support for “Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) clients”.

 

Saskatchewan is helping disabled first-time home buyers in the form of a Disability Tax Credit. The First-time Homebuyers’ Tax Credit is available for those with disabilities to acquire a more functional home, in addition to eligibility for a Disability Tax Credit (DTC).

 

Meanwhile from Queen’s Park, unfortunately things don’t look so good for those with disabilities.  The Ontario Provincial Budget effectively freezes welfare and disabilities payments drawing extensive criticism. Ontarians with long-term disabilities are being asked to bail out the province’s $16-billion deficit. “We’ll be asking everyone to do their share,” Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said on the eve of what will be his sixth budget.

 

And from Halifax, the 2012 Nova Scotia Budget is increasing funding to the Independent Living and Alternative Family Support programs by $900,000. This increase is designed to help people with disabilities live more independently.

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