We would like to thank everyone who joined us today at Vecova to celebrate the passing of Bill 5: Act to Strengthen Financial Security for Persons with Disabilities.
The Bill amends current Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) legislation to allow families, guardians and AISH recipients to set up trusts to provide for persons with disabilities without negatively affecting a person’s eligibility for the AISH program.
This allows persons with disabilities eligibility for the living allowance, child benefit and personal benefits under the AISH program while also allowing families and Albertans with disabilities to plan for their futures.
“Parents and guardians will be able to make thoughtful decisions and plan for the long-term care of their children and loved ones who have disabilities,” said Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services. “We are proud to make real change that will support inclusion and opportunity for persons with disabilities.”
Minister Sabir joined the Honourable Brian Malkinson and Vecova CEO Joan Lee at Vecova Centre for Disability Services & Research on June 20, 2018 to make the announcement.
The Honourable Brian Malkinson proposed the amendment to the current AISH legislation and spoke to attendees about the process of bringing Bill 5 forward.
“When I had the opportunity to bring forward a private member’s bill, I decided to follow that consultation model that I’d seen with the PDD safety standards,” said the Hon. Malkinson. “So I went out to the community and I asked two questions. One was, ‘This is the problem I see. Is this a problem?” And the answer to that was yes. And the second question was, ‘What would fixing it require?’”
After the announcement, attendees were invited to speak with Minister Sabir and the Honourable Brian Malkinson, and enjoy cake and refreshments. Thank you to everyone who joined us today to celebrate!