O’Toole promises to boost disability supports by doubling annual supplement to $1.5K – National

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Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is highlighting his plan to boost disability benefits as part of a broad basket of pocketbook issues he’s presenting as the federal election hits day seven.

At a campaign stop in Edmonton this morning, O’Toole pledged to double the annual supplement for low-income Canadians living with disabilities to $1,500, impacting roughly 90,000 people.

The increase comes alongside an additional promised hike to a refundable tax credit for all low-income workers in the Tory platform unveiled Monday.

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O’Toole also says federal and provincial social programs should not punish employment by clawing back benefits for working Canadians, adding he would overhaul the patchwork of disability supports.

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In their April budget, the Liberals promised to extend disability supports under the federal student loans program, helping about 40,000 recipients access up to $22,000 in grants apiece.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who is in Toronto today, has committed generally to expand income security programs to give Canadians living with a disability a guaranteed livable income.

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