Get Informed

Get informed on key MS issues:

http://mssociety.ca/en/involved/advocacy/gra_docs.htm

http://mssociety.ca/en/pdf/gra-caregiver-pospaper.pdf

http://mssociety.ca/en/pdf/socact_disab-income-pospaper-feb08-EN.pdf

http://mssociety.ca/en/pdf/socact_disab-income-pospaper-feb08-EN.pdf

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Lower Mainland Chapter Events:

May 3rd – MS Walks Continue:

http://mssoc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=2014_walk_aboutwalk_BCY#location

May 4th — Celebration for Caregivers: http://mssociety.ca/chapters/lowermainland/workshops_and_inservices.html

May 10th – Become and Advocate for your own Health

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5P35L2B

May 27th – Workshop on Resilience and Mindfulness http://mssociety.ca/chapters/lowermainland/workshops_and_inservices.html

May 28th Support World MS Day!

http://oneday.worldmsday.org/

Attend a Self Help Group

http://mssociety.ca/chapters/lowermainland/self_help_group.html

May 31st — Family Day at the Greater Vancouver Zoo: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJ78ZBP

 

 

1 Day in May

1 Day in May focuses on three of four priority issues identified in the People Affected by MS initiative. We are making strong calls to action on caregiving, job security and system navigation. Keep checking http://1dayinmay.ca/bepartof/

During the 1 Day in May Campaign we are asking the federal government to lead the way by taking action on these critical steps:

  1. Make it easier for people with MS and other episodic disabilities to keep working

  • Make the Employment Insurance program more flexible for people with MS and other episodic illnesses – and provide incentives for people to stay in the workforce.

  • Expand federal-provincial labor market agreements and other employment funding programs to provide early intervention and other services that help people with MS and other episodic disabilities remain in their jobs.

  1. Improve income support for people with MS who are unable to work or can only work intermittently

  • Increase existing federal benefits and credits for people with disabilities to match the level of support provided to low income seniors through the Guaranteed Income Supplement

  • Make disability tax credits fully refundable – like existing GST credits – to put badly needed income directly in the hands of low-income people with MS and other disabilities.

  • Change eligibility criteria to ensure people with episodic disabilities have access to disability tax credits and benefit programs.

  1. Care for Canada’s caregivers by ensuring they have the support and security they need

  • Increase caregiver tax credits to help alleviate the great financial burden faced by our caregivers.

  • Make caregiver tax credits fully refundable to provide essential support for people sacrificing time and income to care for people with MS and other disabilities.

  • Lead the development of a National Caregiver Action Planworking with provinces, territories, caregivers, employers and non-profit organizations.