On behalf of Vecova and advocates for the disability community, Vecova’s CEO Joan Lee participated in the introduction of Bill 5: Act to Strengthen Financial Security for Persons with Disabilities. If passed, the Bill would amend current 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 would allow 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. Read the full release here.
“This legislation could provide Albertans with disabilities greater financial and economic security. If it is passed, it will provide opportunity and flexibility for individuals and families to plan into the future with less stress and worry about the loss of benefits. Vecova is pleased the voice of people with disabilities and their families was honoured through the public consultations. We applaud the support shown for Brian Malkinson’s original proposal and that it has continued to grow.” Joan Lee, Vecova CEO