Income Support for Persons with Disabilities

21 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2011

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Ronald D. Kneebone

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy; University of Calgary - Department of Economics

Oksana Grynishak

University of Calgary

Date Written: September 21, 2011

Abstract

Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario all maintain separate income-support programs for the disabled. This paper examines the criteria applicants must meet for each program and traces variations in monthly payment levels in relation to political exigencies and inflationary pressures affecting the cost of living. As it is impossible to settle on a definitive way to measure poverty, the authors present several proposals and compare all of them with the income recipients realize from each of the three programs. While acknowledging that the precise level of income support for the disabled is ultimately a value judgment, they suggest that the existing income-support program provided by the federal government for impoverished seniors is a suitable baseline. The authors crunch the numbers to reveal the amounts Alberta, BC and Ontario would have to spend to bring their existing income-support programs for the disabled up to the level of similar programs for seniors. Finally, they recommend that governments index income support for the disabled to inflation. Governments already take inflation into account for taxpayers and seniors and the authors believe the disabled should not be treated differently.

Suggested Citation

Kneebone, Ron and Grynishak, Oksana, Income Support for Persons with Disabilities (September 21, 2011). SPP Research Paper No. 11-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1940527 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1940527

Ron Kneebone (Contact Author)

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

University of Calgary - Department of Economics ( email )

2500 University Drive, NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

Oksana Grynishak

University of Calgary ( email )

University Drive
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

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