Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Self-Advocacy Tools

Adjusting to a diagnosis of a chronic illness like MS is a journey that requires information, support, and courage. The MS Society of Canada has resources that can play a role in your journey.

Symptom and Function Questionnaire

The Symptom and Function Questionnaire is a tool that is designed to help identify, clarify, and focus your specific experiences with MS in your day-to-day life. This is applicable to all Canadians.

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This questionnaire can be used for:

  • Preparing for Canada Pension Plan – Disability applications
  • Preparing for Quebec Pension Plan – Disability applications
  • Preparing for long-term disability applications
  • Preparing for provincial benefit applications
  • Preparing for Disability Tax Credit applications
  • Sharing with doctors and specialists to clarify symptoms and be concise during short appointments
  • Personal tracking of symptoms

Guide to applying for the Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits

How to Fill Out an Application for Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
How to Fill Out an Application for Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits is a step-by-step resource guide to submitting a successful application for CPP-D benefits. (This is applicable to Canadians living outside of Quebec). 
Please note: There are two ways that you can submit the CPP-D application, online through your My Service Canada account or through a paper application, which can be mailed or submitted in-person, to a Service Canada office.

Resource Guides

These resource guides, developed by our BC & Yukon Division, provide information on common legal and advocacy challenges faced by those affected by MS:

Resource Webinars

Self Advocacy: Your voice matters

This is the Self Advocacy Webinar that took place on October 21st 2020. The session was hosted by the MS Society of Canada and was funded in part by the Law Foundation of British Columbia.

Summary: Self-advocacy is important in educating others about your needs and empowering yourself to achieve your goals, whether it is to get information, change legislation and policy, or to obtain a service. We understand being a self-advocate can be a stressful and overwhelming process, especially for those living with a disability. This webinar will provide information and guidance on how to be an effective self-advocate, including advocating for yourself through government channels and the medical system.

Income Security and MS: Planning for the Future
Presented by: Tammie Cartwright (Citizen Services Specialist, Citizen Services and Program Delivery Branch, Service Canada) & Tegan Maddock (Senior Program Management Specialist, Wellness, Disability & Life, Manulife Financial)

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The Disability Tax Credit for People with Multiple Sclerosis
Presented by: Sharareh Saremi (Advocate at Disability Alliance BC) & Nyssa Lessingham (Coordinator, Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program, MS Society BC & Yukon Division)

Other Helpful Resources resource for poverty law related topics as well as help finding an advocate. 
Pro Bono Resources Across Canada: The Canadian Bar Association provides a list of pro bono legal resources available to Canadians.
For additional questions regarding self-advocacy supports across the country, please contact an MS Navigator at 1-844-859-6789 or
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