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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Veterans Drummed Out Of Their Disability Claims

On February 21, 2012, in British Columbia, Canada, Ottawa, Surrey, Winnipeg, by Rosalie McLachlin

With National Defence stating that 2,000 soldiers were injured in the last ten years in Afghanistan, why is it that Canadian veterans are being drummed out of their entitlement to benefits—without even knowing why? A recent CBC interview reveals that the Government doesn’t do a good enough job explaining to the country’s 200,000 veterans why […]

Disability Denied for Carpenter Brings Tragedy

On January 28, 2012, in Vancouver, by Rosalie McLachlin

Last week’s disheartening news of the North Shore carpenter, who died in a fire after being denied disability coverage from the Provincial Government, points to the need for individuals to have good legal representation. Mr. Lalonde, a 53-year-old carpenter who worked in the Vancouver area for years, was known by the community as loyal, accomplished, […]

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