Sponsors: City of Prince Rupert
Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership | Referred to UBCM Executive
WHEREAS married couples receive less support on disability, welfare, and/or old age security than they would if they were single individuals, thereby decreasing their ability to live with security and dignity, as protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
AND WHEREAS this practice is discriminatory, and therefore violates the guarantee of equality set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM petition the Provincial and Federal Governments to award equal financial support to individuals on disability, welfare and/or old age security regardless of their marital status.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on the provincial and federal governments to award equal financial support to individuals on disability, welfare and/or old age security regardless of their marital status.
However, members have endorsed resolutions that requested an increase in assistance rates for adults with disabilities to match the level of assistance provided to seniors (2011-B75; 2006-B171).