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In what is being described as a significant victory for the disabilities community, MP’s have voted unanimously to throw out proposed changes that were designed to restrict access to the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). The NDP introduced the motion in the House of Commons this week.

The victory comes on the heels of a public outcry from Canadians with disabilities and their families. The Federal NDP launched a highly successful letter writing campaign to the Prime Minister from its website. The CLC Disability Rights Working Group, of which CUPE is a part, also wrote a letter to Finance Minister John Manley urging him to stop the attack on Canadians with disabilities. The public pressure paid off!
Last year, the federal government told more than 100,000 Canadians they had to reapply for the tax credit. Subsequently, 45,000 Canadians with disabilities lost the tax credit thanks to a new and confusing application process and more restrictive eligibility criteria. The maximum amount of the DTC is $989 annually.
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