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I've been on disability for a few years and just started working part-time recently. The Ministry of Social Development is making things so difficult for me I might have to leave my job. Shouldn't they be encouraging people to work as their health allows? I want to have the best life I can, but it seems I get punished for trying to do anything.

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It's completely insane...

Jul 10, 2019 at 12:37am

... if you work, you should be able to enjoy the standard of living that working your job provides. So, if you can make $1500 extra a month, on top of your disability, you'd end up with about $2700 a month, which is hardly a "rich man's" wage.

But what the disability people are going to tell you is that you should save your $1500 a month, at least in part, because once you hit your earnings exemption of whatever it is ($1000/month, IIRC) in 8 months, your assistance will be cut off for the next 4 months, so you'll only be making $1500/month.

If we were talking about some net figure like $50,000 a year, that would be one thing, but we're talking about the cutoff being about $24,000/year, and after that point, every dollar you make over that is going to be clawed back from your assistance, leaving you in a position where, as a disabled person, you don't benefit from your income, unless you can make $36,000/year, in which case you don't get any disability assistance at all. But for the gap between $24,000 and $36,000, there is simply no incentive to work, and this makes securing meaningful work difficult.

But remember, it's 2019 and we have more important issues, e.g. sexual liberation to discuss---poor people, I mean, ick, lots of them aren't even sexy, so why care?

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Anonymous

Jul 10, 2019 at 2:13am

One would presume participating in society would be good for your emotional well-being not mention, a bit more money spent in the economy. At the end of the day that's what they want. Healthy responsible people getting up everyday to work, spend money in the economy and pay taxes. Watch a few videos on Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend, a universal basic income of $1000/mo. The majority of the money will help stimulate the economy. Canada's resource rich enough that like Norway and Alaska it could have a resource based dividend or super-fund for it's citizens while we still work and spend in the economy. I'm Sorry to hear your government is holding you back. Good luck.

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Lena

Jul 10, 2019 at 8:31am

My cousin sits on welfare perfectly capable of working and done to the nines claiming she’s a “single”parent. The system is broken and unfair to those who really need it. Wether it’s disability or welfare, E.I etc I see it being abused consistently.

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Do you have an advocate?

Jul 10, 2019 at 10:58am

Anything you are unsure of, mention your advocate and ask their advice on how to deal with it. It will get you better treatment if they know you are backed by someone who knows the rules and how to apply them.

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Welcome to reality

Jul 10, 2019 at 8:39pm

Unfortunately this is what it’s like. No, “they” don’t care if you suffer. They don’t care if you starve, have no place to live, or are so incredibly stressed from trying to cope with your disability at the same time as trying to live on a pittance and work at the same time, that you become even more disabled than you were before. In fact, NO ONE cares. That is the unfortunate reality we live in (me included). The system is completely broken, and more and more people are becoming more and more broken as a result. BTW, this includes private disability plans that you’ve paid premiums for just as much as government plans that are supposed to be there for us as part of our tax-paid government benefits. Unless you’re so completely disabled (as in quadriplegic or have a disease that will probably kill you within a year or so), they will put you through hell, deny any coverage unless you can afford a lawyer to fight for it, and will do whatever they can do to make the process of dealing with them almost worse than the disability that brought you to them in the first place. They don’t care about your age, gender, availability of work (particularly if you happen to live in a city like Vancouver), whether or not you will be able to find a job to actually support yourself, or whether you’re forced to work at minimum wage standing on your feet all day as a disabled senior. It’s totally and completely out of touch with the reality of the present job market. However, apparently if you’re a drug addict living on the street you qualify for disability cheques. Go figure.

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