Bill 26 Announced in Boyle Street

If passed, the bill will result in increases for AISH, Income Support, and other benefits.

  • Ian Young speaking at the podium next to Premier Rachel Notley, on November 8. Janis Irwin

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”- Mahatma Gandhi

On Thursday, November 8 right here in our community at the Boyle Street Plaza, a very important announcement was made. Bill 26 was announced and later that day had its first reading in the Alberta Legislature.

According to the Government of Alberta website:

If Bill 26 passes, the following changes would come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Core and supplementary benefit rates would increase for people who receive: 0 Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH). 0 Income Support. 0 Alberta Seniors Benefit and related special needs assistance program. 0 Minimum monthly disposable income while living in lodges, long-term care, and designated supportive living.
  • Benefit rate would go up each year to keep up with inflation – as measured by Alberta’s Consumer Price Index – to help people manage rising costs of living.
  • Increase the amount of savings or assets a person could have when determining eligibility for: 0 AISH child allowance 0 AISH supplementary personal benefits 0 Income Support

This is a much-needed announcement, and a lot of time and consulting went into this. I was proud to be able to be a part of a portion of this through roundtable discussions with other AISH recipients, disability advocates, and Minister Irfan Sabir. It was a responsibility and challenge I accepted, as I care about my community.

I was honoured when asked to speak alongside Premier Rachel Notley; Minister of Community and Social Services Irfan Sabir; MLA for Edmonton-Centre David Shepherd; and former City Councillor, adjunct professor, Chair of the University of Alberta Board of Governors, advocate, and humanitarian Michael Phair.

I expressed the importance of not seeking a handout, but rather a hand up. Bill 26 will help thousands of Albertans. Having your concerns heard is one thing – having them addressed is gratifying.

Ian Young is a proud member of the Boyle Street and McCauley communities and a columnist and board member with Boyle McCauley News_. He is a member of Advocacy Groups such as Voice of Albertans with Disabilities and The Canadian Council of Persons with Disabilities, and is a past board member with Friends of Medicare. Ian was honoured to speak to the people of Alberta alongside the Premier Rachel Notley, and will keep advocating and educating decision-makers of the needs persons with disabilities deserve._

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