Please see the Final Research Report and Highlights Document”

“REST ASSURED: CHANGES TO THE SASKATCHEWAN ASSURED INCOME FOR DISABILITIES (SAID) PROGRAM AND THE IMPACT ON BENEFICIARIES”

BACKGROUND
According to Statistics Canada, the poverty rate in Saskatchewan has dropped significantly since the implementation of the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program. In 2008, just before the SAID program was implemented, the poverty rate was at 15.3% (higher than the National average) and at the last census in 2016, the poverty rate was at 9.2%. It can be argued that the SAID program is not solely responsible for this drop, however; it certainly has impacted the lives of those beneficiaries of the SAID program. Other provinces have income support programs for persons with disabilities. Ontario has the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) which involves income support for basic needs, benefits for recipients and family members, and employment support for those with disabilities who are able to be employed. Alberta has the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program which provides “Financial and health benefits for eligible Albertans with a permanent medical condition that prevents them from earning a living.” Both of these programs intend to assist their beneficiaries with basic needs and the cost of disabilities. SAID is different. It is the only program in Canada that extends benefits based on the impact of disability rather than as a blanket specific to diagnosis. Its intention when it was developed was to ensure that persons with disabilities in Saskatchewan could enjoy full citizenship in our province and function as an income replacement program rather than an income support program.

Read the full text of the document here

 

Please view the recording from our live event on Oct 8:
DISC ALL CANDIDATES FORUM A DISCUSSION ON THE SAID PROGRAM
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=791990871586720

 

DISC SAID Guidebook – April 2020 

This guidebook is meant to address the more common questions and sections of the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program. This guidebook does not look at all sections of SAID. If you have questions about an area not in this handbook, please review the SAID Policy Manual, call the SAID Service Centre at 1-888-567-7243 and/or ask a community advocate for help.

Read DISC SAID Guidebook April 2020

 

WATCH OUR VIDEO:

The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) is an income support program for people with significant and enduring disabilities. In the following video, you’ll meet a group of SAID recipients and learn how rising costs are creating challenges for daily living. Please visit it here: https://youtu.be/7lq3A4msAdk

Don’t have 6 minutes? Check out our 1 minute teaser video HERE

 

WHAT IS DISC? 

The Saskatchewan Disability Income Support Coalition (DISC) was formed by a large cross section of disability advocates, consumers and organizations across Saskatchewan who are committed to advocating for a respectful, dignified and adequate income support system. DISC members have joined together to speak as one voice, working towards a distinct (or separate) income system for people with disabilities that will be built on our common vision and principles.

Our Vision

Our primary vision is to see an income system that offers both an adequate baseline income for people with disabilities and a user-friendly mechanism to address individual financial needs based on the impact of disability.

As we look towards our vision of developing a distinct income system, one thing is clear – no one can create a better system alone. DISC members believe strongly that the only way to move forward is as one voice and in a collaborative, full partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan and the Department of Community Resources. We believe that a program designed without the collaboration of community experts will lack credibility and be unsatisfactory in meeting the income support needs of people with disabilities.

As such, we see developing a distinct income program for people with disabilities as a truly joint venture between all stakeholders, each contributing equally to the process. DISC comes with one voice and we propose that the Government of Saskatchewan let us bring our rich experience and contribute our expertise to the development of a new income policy for people with disabilities.

Please click HERE to see our “What is DISC?” fact sheet.

Interested in applying for SAID?

Click the link below to be re-directed from DISC to the Ministry of Social Services SAID page.

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