March 30, 2023

The Quebec Intellectual Disability Society presented its position on Bill C-22, An Act to reduce poverty and enhance the financial security of persons with disabilities by establishing the Canada Disability Benefit and to make a consequential amendment to the Income Tax Act, to the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on March 29, 2023.

Position of the Quebec Intellectual Disability Society on Bill C-22

Bill C-22 aims to create a Canada Disability Benefit for working-age persons with disabilities to lift millions of Canadians out of poverty. For the Quebec Intellectual Disability Society, this benefit should be passed promptly without amendment to ensure that it comes into effect as soon as possible.

The content of the Society’s presentation is available below.

View the testimony document

Par ailleurs, la Société et ses partenaires nationaux avaient également publié une position commune sur le projet de loi C-22 en novembre 2022. Cette position détaille les éléments clés en lien avec le projet de loi.

Read the shared statement on bill C-22

Testimony before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

Testimony by Amélie Duranleau, Executive Director, and Samuel Ragot, Senior Policy Analyst

Question period

Work on Bill C-22 continues

It should be noted that the work surrounding Bill C-22 continues. The bill is still in committee in the Senate and should be studied in more detail shortly. If the committee makes a favourable recommendation and no amendments are adopted, the bill will be presented to the plenary of the Senate for a third reading. If the third reading is favourable, the bill will then receive Royal Assent and become law.

The government will have one year to consult on the development of regulations related to the legislation, including eligibility criteria and benefit amounts.

The Society continues to advocate for the speedy passage of the legislation.