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Conference Board of Canada Releases Latest Report on Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace

May 2, 2018 - The latest study released by the Conference Board of Canada and supported by the MS Society of Canada finds that improving financial support programs for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) would increase their labour force participation and boost economic activity. The report, Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace: Making the Case for Enhancing Employment and Income Supports, shows that expanding the employment insurance (EI) sickness benefit program and making the disability tax credit (DTC) refundable would allow approximately 11,400 people to remain in or re-enter the workforce and boost economic activity by an estimated $1.1 billion annually.

“For many people living with MS, the ability to work means greater freedom and independence,” says Benjamin Davis, President, Atlantic Division and National Vice-President Government Relations, MS Society of Canada. “The Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace report shows that providing people living with MS the proper financial and employment assistance, allows people to remain in the workforce and provides great economic benefit across the country. These findings help strengthen our work to press for the renewal of Canada’s income, disability and policy framework on behalf of all Canadians dealing with chronic illness, such as multiple sclerosis.”

Download a copy of the report here:

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

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Conference Board of Canada press release