Federal programs don’t typically fund children’s treatment centres in Ontario, but the federal government is responsible for some financial programs that support those with disabilities. From tax credits to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) to general support for education programs, it mostly comes down to funding. But there are other opportunities for the federal government to support and protect the rights of those with disabilities.
According to an Ipsos poll conducted in May 2019, health/healthcare tops the list of personal concerns for the future of Canada. That's why it’s even more important for parents, caregivers and service providers supporting those with special needs vote for a party whose platform aligns to their priorities.
Here's how you can make an informed decision…
Be in the Know
It’s important to be an informed voter and learn about party platforms. Platforms outline a party’s priorities and what they say they would do if they were elected. If your child has special needs, you may want to search out what parties are saying they will do to support kids and families like yours. You may also want to search other items that are important to you (like healthcare, jobs, education, etc.). Click on the major political parties below to read their platforms and look for information that applies to you.
There are also other parties that are part of our federal system. A full listing is available via Elections Canada .
Get to Know your Local Candidates
Unsure of what questions to ask? Try these as a starting point…
Sometimes talking to candidates can feel intimidating, but remember your voice matters! Here are some general communication tips to help you feel confident:
How to vote
Wondering how to vote, what you need to do or where you can vote? Visit Elections Canada for more information.
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