New Brunswick

Outline of New BrunswickNew Brunswick has struggled to provide effective and adequate supports for its disabled population. A Disability Action Plan was released in 2012 following extensive cross-province consultations.

The Plan commits the government to key objectives including:

  • strengthening supports and improving access;
  • creating a separate income program for individuals with disabilities and increasing subsidies for supports;
  • increasing data collection on service provision and outcomes;
  • minimizing wait times; and,
  • reviewing home support and children’s programs1.

A 2013 update finds that little progress has been made on these objectives. However, the government has committed to having a separate income assistance program in place by 2015 and (in the meantime) wage exemptions have been applied to individuals living with disabilities who receive Social Assistance2.

[1] Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons. (2012). Disability Action Plan: The time for action is now. Available online: http://www.gnb.ca/0048/PCSDP/PDF/PublicationsWebpage/DAPReport2012ENG.pdf
[2] Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons. (2013). Disability Action Plan: The time for action is now – Status Update December 3, 2013. Available online: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/pcsdp-cpmcph/pdf/publications/2013DAPReport.pdf