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 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).



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

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)


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

www.povnet.org: resource for poverty law related topics as well as help finding an advocate.



For additional questions regarding legal or advocacy supports across the country, please contact an MS Navigator at 1-844-859-6789 or msnavigators@mssociety.ca



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