An Act to amend the Department of Employment and Social Development Act (persons with disabilities)


Cheryl Hardcastle  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Second reading (House), as of April 11, 2017

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This enactment amends the Department of Employment and Social Development Act to require the Minister to provide information and guidance on applications for programs and services for which persons with disabilities may be eligible and to implement a streamlined application process that, among other things, reduces the administrative burden on applicants. It also provides for reporting requirements in relation to the application process.


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Department of Employment and Social Development ActRoutine Proceedings

April 10th, 2017 / 3:15 p.m.
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Cheryl Hardcastle NDP Windsor—Tecumseh, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-348, An Act to amend the Department of Employment and Social Development Act (persons with disabilities).

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to be presenting my first private member's bill today, which is an important one for persons living with disabilities. I intend for the bill to streamline the process by which persons living with disabilities access the federal programs they are entitled to.

The bill came about through the many conversations I have had with my constituents and stakeholders across the country, who have shared with me how burdensome it is and how punitive it can seem to access federal funding in an individual way and have to prove each time that they do have a disability. The bill would make it less onerous and less burdensome for people living with disabilities.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)