I just learned about a Canadian social welfare policy that I find intriguing – Disability tax credits and CPP Disability benefits. Now, social welfare is a touchy subject to many. When words like “Socialism” and “tax credits” and “benefits” get thrown around, many people are impassioned one way or another. Some people love it, while others think it is the most horrid thing on earth. But what most people don’t understand is what social welfare is.
I’d like to live my life thinking that if a person saw another person helplessly in need, they would stop and offer some assistance. And I think most people would agree that’s the right and noble thing to do. But do people consider that social welfare? Maybe, maybe not. But in any case, it definitely is.
The problem for most arises when the state steps in and allocates collective resources to specific groups of people. But this in itself is not a bad thing. Many fear the system will be used only by those taking advantage of it. But many people do not live the lives of the people eligible for social assistance.
And before we move on let’s make something clear – I do not only mean things like welfare, unemployment, etc. Social assistance and welfare to me is the idea of helping out certain segments of our population who are in need, whatever that need may be.
Canadian Social Welfare Mindset – Disability Tax Credits and CPP Disability Benefits
And this brings me to the topic of this post. Canada’s stance and attitudes towards social welfare and assistance. Although many may feel that Canada’s system is wrong and it is true that it is far from perfect, what I like the most is attitudes towards the idea of helping out underprivileged sections of society.
The system may have its bruises and ugly parts, but at least they’re trying and that’s what matters. Disability tax credits and CPP disability benefits are an example of this. There are programs in place that help Canadians living with disabilities to pay less taxes because of the added expenses they incur from being disabled.
That is a system that understands it’s sometimes harder for certain people within our society to conduct daily life as normal. And because of this, they’re trying to help them out in a little way – to make it easier. Living with a disability is difficult and can cause serious stresses to ones personal, family and work life. Any sort of assistance that helps alleviate some of that pain is all good to me – even if it is broken and weird in the way it’s implemented.
Things do need to be fixed, and debated and changed. But the underlying premise of what happens in society and in politics is that the powerful help the less fortunate so that everyone lives a life that is full. And this opens opportunity for many people to work, live and thrive. With acts/policies like these (and because of government’s need to be overly complicated, stressful and particular) people need assistance when applying for things like the Canadian disability tax credit and CPP disability benefits. And that’s where certain companies (like Brematson & Associates, among others) can not only make a decent living but also help out society. They offer disability tax credit services that help people cut through the red tape.
But then you have people who try to take advantage of people and play on their emotions. They will take a huge cut of what is awarded when they don’t really do much. There are also companies out there who promise and guarantee the world, but only to take advantage of other people.
Check out this video below which details some of this. And I don’t think the process is that simple (having known how government application processes work). Many people also get denied for a number of reasons and companies exist to help them through the appeals process. And that can be invaluable. However, it’s important not to get taken advantage of by the shadier companies in this industry.
So all in all – its not a bad thing to worry about helping other people in our society. Things like the disability tax credit, among other social assistance and social welfare programs, can be beneficial. They’ve got their ups and downs – pros and cons. But at the end of the day, helping people to live better lives is never a bad decision. I’d really recommend checking out more information about how the Disability Tax Credit and Disability Benefits were implemented into Canadian law. It’s an inspiring story.… Read Full Post