Lupus Canada Advocacy Campaign – 2019 General Election
Lupus Canada has embarked on a national advocacy campaign during the upcoming Federal election taking place on October 21, 2019. This campaign will seek to make changes to the Government of Canada National Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits and the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) Benefits. Lupus Canada is seeking changes to these programs so that Canadians living with lupus have the necessary supports. Specifically we want the main political parties to commit to the following changes:
Change the EI Sickness Benefit eligibility by reducing the number of accumulated hours of insurable employment from 600 to 400 and the qualifying period simplified to 26 weeks; and
Change the CPP-D so that the definition of disability falls in line with the Accessible Canada Act definition which includes episodic disabilities.
Lupus Canada will post responses from the political parties on our website as we receive them, so that all Canadians living with lupus and their families can make an informed decision on October 21st.
How can you help to advocate?
Lupus Canada will have a one-click letter writing campaign on our website. This tool will help identify the candidates running in your local riding and send them a pre-drafted letter seeking support for our campaign.
We want as many letters sent out as possible so that all elected Members of Parliament will help make the necessary changes to improve the supports for Canadians living with lupus.
Help us reach our goal of 500 letters! Share with your family, friends, colleagues and by social media. You can always like, retweet or share Lupus Canada’s social media messages!
Most importantly, our work won’t end once the election is done. Lupus Canada also looks forward to working with all elected Members of Parliament, following the 2019 election, to make the above changes a reality and ultimately help to provide increased support to Canadians living with lupus. Are you interested in meeting with your Member of Parliament to advocate for these changes?