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Canada Disability Benefit Explained

In Canada, ensuring equitable support for individuals with a disability is protected under our statutes and regulations. Yet, navigating the complex web of disability benefits can be a daunting task for individuals. One of the newest developments in Canada’s disability law is the enactment of the Canada Disability Benefit Act (the “Act“).

The Act was given Royal Assent on June 22, 2023, and provides benefits for individuals who are unable to work due to disabilities, to reduce poverty and support financial security for individuals with disabilities. As the Act is expected to come into force by June 2024, here are some key details you should know.

Eligibility and Benefit Amounts

To qualify for disability payments, an individual must be between the ages of 18 – 64, have a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate, live below the poverty line, and be diagnosed with a disability.

Under the Act, disability is defined as any impairment, including physical, mental, communication, intellectual, or cognitive impairment, which prevents a person’s full and equal participation in society. his criteria is used to determine what is considered a disability.

Based on the 2024 federal budget, the federal government allocated $6.1 billion over six years and $1.4 billion ongoing to implement the Canada Disability Benefit. This will provide eligible individuals a maximum benefit amount of $2,400 per year. Currently, there is no information on what happens if an individual is approved for Canada Disability Benefits. The federal government has promised to provide more insight as disability benefits become available to eligible individuals.

Canada Disability Benefits and Other Long-term Disability Policies

It is not clear how the new Canada Disability Benefit will interact with other disability insurance policies, including short-term disability insurance and insurance policies through private carriers. Many Canadians with long-term or short-term disabilities have received and will receive benefits payments through their insurance providers rather than the government. Currently, if an individual has multiple disability insurance plans, the payments received will typically not be higher than 60% to 85% of their regular wages.

However, many long-term disability insurance plans reduce benefit amounts for individuals receiving other sources of disability income, such as Canadian Pension Plan- Disability, Employment Insurance- Sickness Benefits, etc.

It remains to be seen how the new Canada Disability Benefit will impact how other disability insurance policies will be paid out.


As the details of the Canada Disability benefits, including its regulatory framework, remain unknown, it remains to be seen how the new Canada Disability Benefit will impact employees with short-term and long-term disabilities.

Questions remain as to how the Canada Disability Benefit will interact with existing short-term and long-term disability benefits as well as the specific eligibility requirements to qualify for Canada Disability benefits. The government has promised to create regulations within 12 months of the Act coming into force, which will likely cover topics such as eligibility criteria, the application process, retroactive payments, appeals, and other issues that may arise. Canadians should be expecting further clarity on these questions come June 2025.

Employees will need to review the eligibility requirements of the Canada Disability benefit once more information is released to determine whether they qualify for Canada Disability benefits. Interested employees will also want to speak with their insurance providers to determine how the Act will impact their eligibility under existing insurance plans. Similarly, employers will want to review the Act and their own private insurance policies.

How a Disability Lawyer Can Help

Dealing with the complexities of disability rights and accommodations can be challenging. A disability lawyer provides essential support in understanding and applying the law to ensure fair treatment. Here’s how a disability lawyer can assist individuals:

  • Understanding Your Rights
    • A disability lawyer can help you understand your legal rights under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act, including your right to reasonable accommodation in the workplace. Knowing your rights is the first step toward ensuring they are respected and upheld.
  • Filing Complaints
    • If you face discrimination or your employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations, a disability lawyer can assist you in filing complaints with the appropriate human rights tribunal or commission. They will guide you through the process, ensuring your complaint is properly documented and presented.
  • Negotiating Accommodations
    • A disability lawyer can negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive the necessary accommodations to perform your job effectively. This can include adjustments to your work environment, modifications to your job duties, or flexible work arrangements.
  • Legal Representation
    • Should your case proceed to a hearing or trial, a disability lawyer will represent you, presenting your case and advocating for your rights. They will gather evidence, prepare legal arguments, and work to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.
  • Protecting Against Retaliation
    • A disability lawyer can help protect you against any form of retaliation from your employer for asserting your rights. This includes actions like wrongful termination, demotion, or harassment. They can advise you on how to document such incidents and take appropriate legal action if necessary.

Achkar Law: Your Partner in Disability Rights

At Achkar Law, our dedicated disability lawyers are committed to ensuring fair treatment and legal compliance in the workplace. We understand the challenges you face and are here to support you every step of the way.

Contact Achkar Law today to discuss your situation and learn how we can help you with the complexities of disability law. Your path to fair treatment and justice starts with us.

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Understanding the New Canada Disability Benefit Act

With the recent enactment of the Canada Disability Benefit Act, understanding the complex landscape of disability benefits has become even more significant. This new legislation aims to provide financial support and enhance the economic security of individuals with disabilities. As it prepares to come into force, understanding its implications is crucial for eligible individuals and their families.

Are you looking to understand how this new Act might affect you or how it interacts with other disability policies? Consult with our knowledgeable team at Achkar Law for detailed insights and guidance tailored to your situation.



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