For people living with HIV, discrimination in employment can make it difficult or impossible for many of them to stay at work when they are ill, or to return to work when their health improves. As a result, they often rely on income security programs to meet their basic needs for food, housing, and medication.
We bring a legal and policy focus to this issue by analyzing and recommending reforms to the laws and policies that underpin income security programs, such as:
- Employment Insurance sickness benefits;
- Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefit;
- Private long-term disability insurance; and
- Provincial and territorial social assistance programs.
Federal, provincial and territorial governments and the private insurance industry need to rethink and restructure disability income and related benefit programs. Income support programs must meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and other disabling illnesses in a coordinated and comprehensive way.
February 4, 2015 It is estimated that 1.3 million people have experienced homelessness in Canada over the past five years. The country’s streets are host to some 235,000 people on any night, and many more struggle in inadequate or unreliable housing. Yet despite these unconscionable numbers, Canada does not have a federal housing strategy — […]
November 21, 2014 Read Part 1 here In May 2014, social justice activists and lawyers, representatives of non-profit organizations, federal and provincial government lawyers and interested public crowded into the Ontario Court of Appeal to hear an appeal of a motion to dismiss in Tanudjaja v. Canada. The courtroom was so packed that a satellite […]
November 13, 2014 In Canada, November 22nd is National Housing Strategy Day, an important time to reflect on housing and homelessness in our country. #NationalHousingDay — You can read more here. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of coming home. Sliding the key into your door lock, you enter a space that’s yours and protects […]
There are many links between HIV and (other) disabilities. As a result, there are growing calls for partnership between HIV activists and disability activists in responding to human rights concerns, including discrimination. Related Publications VIH, Discapacidad y Derechos Humanos: Oportunidades que Ofrece la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de las Personas con […]
With this report, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network seeks to contribute to the informed development of the laws, policies and programs people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada rely upon to provide them with income security when they are unable to meet their income needs through paid work. This goal is achieved in two ways. First, […]