New 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 found that little progress had been made on these objectives. However, the government has committed to having a separate income assistance program in place and, in the meantime, wage exemptions have been applied to individuals living with disabilities who receive Social Assistance2.
 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
 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