Printer Friendly

Separate disability from CPP retirement benefits? Commons committee asks.

OTTAWA -- Should the Canada Penion Plan disability benefits be delinked from CPP Retirement Benefits? The House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, headed by MP Carolyn Bennett is asking.

The committee points out that the CPP contributions do not distinguish between contributions earmarked for retirement benefits and those intended for disability benefits. The committee believes that if reforms of the disability portion of the CPP are to happen, it is important to be able to differentiate between these two objectives, disability and retirement benefits, to facilitate future CPP(D) reforms.

Many return-to-work incentives, for example, cannot be implemented without some kind of separation of disability and retirement contributions. In preparation for the committee's continued study of longer-term CPP(D)-related issues, they have asked the Department of Finance to prepare a background document outlining the various financing options that could be considered in the context of a more inclusive and integrated CPP(D) program.

Disability benefits for individuals include federal and provincial programs, which could affect the mobility of people with disabilities who might wish to change their residences from one province to another. The committee advocates a more integrated and effective income and disability support system.

The committee wants to consider options that include:

* applying the national child benefit model to a disability income program;

* examining the applicability of programs in other countries such as the Netherlands where non-categorical income programs integrate disability into a broader set of programs based on overall criteria regarding employability; and

* incorporating partial benefits into the Canada Pension Plan Disability program.

* Examining the options to establish a case-management system of addressing problems that arise because of the lack of integration between CPP(D) and other disability income support programs (e.g. workers' compensation, social assistance and long term disability).

Other members of the committee include these MP'S: Mauril Belanger, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Anita Neville, Tony Tirabassi, Reed Elley, Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral, Wendy Lill and Norman Doyle.

Link to the committee report Visit
COPYRIGHT 2003 Community Action Publishers
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:General
Publication:Community Action
Date:Nov 17, 2003
Previous Article:El fund accumulation is three times as great as needed.
Next Article:Garden for visually impaired opens in Ottawa.

Related Articles
Valuing and comparing physician benefits. (Your Money).
Retirement age needs to be raised, Canadian Taxpayer Federation argues.
Panel proposes tax aid for disability, program expenditures still needed.
The poverty of unattached senior women and the Canadian retirement income system: a matter of blame or contradiction?
Column raises concerns from disabled vets.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters