Canada

Name: Canada Drouin

Occupation: Community Volunteer

Canada lived in Montreal with her husband and children but, after a difficult time, she came to BC to start over and now lives in Surrey. She has a business administration degree but was unable to find work. Health issues limit her mobility and her ability to commit to a work week of greater than 30 hours. She now lives on disability alone and, after paying rent and other bills, has only $100 per month for food.  She serves her community by volunteering and sitting on boards.

We support raising disability rates. 60% of those on disability benefits are unable to work so they rely solely on an income of $906 per month ($10,782 annually), which is significantly below the poverty line. As housing costs continue to rise without a corresponding increase in disability benefits, those living on disability are forced to make difficult choices to make ends meet.

“We’ve had three rent increases in 7 years…The last time it went up $30.  And I told the landlady I couldn’t do it anymore.  Because I can barely make it through my cheque now.”