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Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace: Making the Case for Enhancing Employment and Income Supports

The Conference Board of Canada, 44 pages, April 16, 2018
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This briefing estimates the costs of expanding income support programs for Canadians living with MS and the potential economic benefit from their increased participation in the labour force.

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Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world. Although the current EI sickness benefit program applies to people who are unable to work due to illness, it has been challenged as being inaccessible for those living with MS or other episodic disabilities.

This briefing provides an analysis of the costs of expanding the EI sickness benefit program and making the disability tax credit refundable, as well as the boost to production from these changes in income supports. The EI sickness program would increase federal expenses by up to approximately $1.3 billion annually and making the disability tax credit refundable would cost $1.2 billion. However, the economic benefit of increased labour force participation was estimated at $1.1 billion.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Introduction
Income Supports for People With MS: Alternative Policy Options
The Economic Impact of the Policy Options: Analytic Results and Findings
Recommendations for Action
APPENDIX A Prevalence of MS
APPENDIX B Usage of the Disability Tax Credit
APPENDIX C Bibliography

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