INCOME SECURITY

Income Security

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Income Security

Overview

For people living with HIV, discrimination in employment can make it difficult or impossible for many of them to stay at work when they are ill, or to return to work when their health improves. As a result, they often rely on income security programs to meet their basic needs for food, housing, and medication.

We bring a legal and policy focus to this issue by analyzing and recommending reforms to the laws and policies that underpin income security programs, such as:

  • Employment Insurance sickness benefits;
  • Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefit;
  • Private long-term disability insurance; and
  • Provincial and territorial social assistance programs.

Federal, provincial and territorial governments and the private insurance industry need to rethink and restructure disability income and related benefit programs. Income support programs must meet the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS and other disabling illnesses in a coordinated and comprehensive way.


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