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Breaking through barriers for workers who have children with special needs

The Special Needs and Moving On Projects provide resources and support for workers at the post office whose children have disabilities. The projects are available to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada). The Special Needs Project is geared to families with young children; the Moving On Project is for adult sons and daughters with special needs. Life is more demanding when you work and have a child with special needs. Learn more about our Special Needs and Moving On projects.




TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2023

OTTAWA, ON – Parliament passed Bill C-22, establishing the first-ever Canada Disability Benefit. This historic move paves the way for increased financial security and a more inclusive life for millions of Canadians with disabilities.

The transformative law begins to close a gaping hole in Canada’s social safety net, offering persons with disabilities greater financial security, more choice, freedom, and dignity to live inclusive lives in the community. “This is a historic milestone for our country,” says Krista Carr, Executive Vice President of Inclusion Canada, “For the first time, Canadians with disabilities will receive a federal income benefit that has the potential to significantly enhance their quality of life. It’s a victory we all should celebrate.”

Inclusion Canada wants to thank all parliamentarians, MPs and Senators, who lent their voices to pass this bill with all-party support. In particular, we would like to thank Minister of Employment & Workforce Development & Disability Inclusion, Hon. Carla Qualtrough, for her relentless advocacy for the passage of this bill during this session of parliament.

The hard work and dedication of the disability community has finally paid off. We also thank and acknowledge the strong advocacy of our organization’s federation, families and individuals who were there at every step of the way to advocate on the importance of the benefit to their MP and Senator. 

“I am delighted and relieved with the passage of Bill C-22. Finally, we have the foundation to further address the unacceptable rates of poverty experienced by people with intellectual disabilities.” says Inclusion Canada President Robin Acton, “As the parent of a young woman with a disability, I know the benefit will have a significant and lasting impact on the financial security of individuals with an intellectual disability across the country.”

People with disabilities make up 40% of the low-income population in Canada. For people with intellectual disabilities, the situation is even worse. 73% of working-age adults with an intellectual disability live in poverty. The Canada Disability Benefit will be a significant tool for advancing inclusion and dismantling systemic barriers built into Canada’s social infrastructure.

While this historic moment must be celebrated, the work is far from over. Regulations must now be developed that will determine the parameters of the benefit. Inclusion Canada and its Federation now stand ready with the disability community to work collaboratively on the co-design of Bill C-22’s regulations. We hold fast to the government’s commitment to “nothing about us without us”. We are ready to get to work.

For more information, please contact:

Marc Muschler, Inclusion Canada
416-661-9611 ext. 232
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Inclusion Canada is a national federation of 13 provincial-territorial associations and over 300 local associations working to advance the full inclusion and human rights of people with an intellectual disability and their families. We lead the way in building an inclusive Canada by strengthening families, defending rights, and transforming communities into places where everyone belongs. 

CADDAC – Canada’s Advocate for ADHD

Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD?  CADDAC, the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a better understanding of ADHD and improve the lives of Canadians affected by ADHD.

Through their website you can find information about ADHD, sign up for parenting courses, webinars and newsletters, get assistance from a Resource Navigator, and join support groups for both adults with ADHD and for parents of children with ADHD across Canada.

For more information on how CADDAC can be a resource for you, visit

You can also call  1-800-807-0090  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance in finding resources.



Isabelle TannerAs a member of the Special Needs and Moving On Projects you have access to the SNP/MO Support Navigator whose role is to help you find the resources and supports you need.

We know it can be overwhelming to manage all the aspects of modern life while working and raising a family; trying to find help for a child with special needs adds yet another layer of complexity. After all, there are only so many hours in a day! We heard what members had to say about finding resources, and that is how the development of the Disability Supports project and the role of the Support Navigator came into being.

Our disability supports portal, in conjunction with 211s across the country, has launched and the website portal is available to you; and a support navigator is available to assist you in navigating the site and finding disability support resources for you should you need it.

Our Support Navigator, Isabelle Tanner, is based in the small, beautiful, but world-renowned tourist town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia but she can assist members across the country, in both English and French. If you are looking for information on disability supports and services for your child, Isabelle can help you with this.

To date, some of the resources that Isabelle has been able to provide for members includes autism and ADHD/LD resources, speech therapists, behavioural therapists, tutoring agencies, recreational activities and day/summer camps, activities for families, and respite for parents.

In her role as Support Navigator Isabelle works 3 days a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am-5 pm AST  - but you can reach her at your convenience by sending her an email any time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by leaving a voice mail at 902-295-1645.

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