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Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Applauds Federal Government's Support for Caregivers and Accessibility, Presses for Further Action










The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MS Society) applauds the recently announced federal budget, noting that several of its provisions will make a significant difference in the lives of those who need support. While congratulating the government on the compassionate care benefit and the home accessibility tax credit, the MS Society noted that it will continue to advocate for additional improvements for those living with MS.

"The MS Society of Canada was pleased to see that the Economic Action Plan presented by the federal government contained an extension in the employment insurance compassionate care benefit from six weeks to six months," says Yves Savoie, president and CEO, MS Society of Canada. "We salute the government for this measure, as an important step toward an eventual expansion that will include chronic and episodic illness periods."

"The new home accessibility tax credit will be an important vehicle allowing many individuals living with MS to remain in their homes, while offsetting costs of care," adds Neil Pierce, vice president, government relations, MS Society of Canada. "The capital gains exemption changes contained in the budget will also make it easier for charitable donors to provide support to people living with MS who the MS Society serves. These changes are to be applauded."

In the coming weeks, MS Society members and staff will be in Ottawa to launch MS Awareness Month, which will allow for an opportunity to discuss the potential for improving the support infrastructure for Canadians affected by MS. A parliamentary luncheon co-hosted by Bernard Trottier (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby-Douglas) and Ralph Goodale (Wascana) will be held on Tuesday, May 5 to discuss how the MS Society of Canada is taking bold action to end Canada's disease. They will ask MPs to join this fight to end MS in their lifetime by investing in research and affect positive change in the lives of people impacted by the disease today by supporting improvements in income and employment supports.

A Carnation Pinning Ceremony is set for Wednesday, May 6 where MS Society representatives along with party representatives Laurie Hawn (Edmonton Centre), Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby-Douglas) and Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre) will present carnations, a symbol of hope for people with MS, to Members of Parliament (MPs). Following the ceremony, MPs involved in the carnation pinning ceremony will also share members' statements.

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