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New Brunswick Coalition of Persons with Disabilities
Image is black and white logo of NBCPD, featuring the chain link circle in the middle and the name on both sides, in French and English

See What One Voice Can Do.

We are an advocacy group here to be your voice and to be your support when you feel there is no more fight left in you.

Welcome to the NBCPD

Who We Are and Why We're Here

NBCPD was founded BY and FOR individuals with disabilities, maintaining a board that is consistently comprised of 80% of this community. Born out of the necessity to advocate for the disabled population in New Brunswick, our non-partisan organization emerged with a singular objective: to realize an inclusive New Brunswick where individuals with disabilities enjoy improved living standards, access to appropriate assistance, and full and equitable participation in society.

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Fact:

New data released on December 1, 2023 by Statistics Canada shows that the presense of disability in the province of NB has risen by 8.6%, making it the most significant increase in the the country. The province now sits as the second highest population rate at 35.3% disability, surpassed only by  Nova Scotia at 37.9%.
See more info here: 2022 Cencus

Fact:

On April 24, 2022, during a special event Coffee Chat with the NBCPD, Premier Higgs admitted he did not know how people with disabilities survived with the amount they have to live on monthly.

See the clip here

Fact:

Premier Higgs continues to choose to ignore the needs of over one-quarter of the population – people with disabilities – most of whom are living in extreme poverty, while he and his government brag of a surplus and recommends a raise for MLA’s.

For an update on upcoming changes to social assistance, please click here: November 21, 2023 Press Release. 

Note: It is significant to mention that these measures are being implemented as suppliments and not actual rate increases

Could YOU live on this amount? Year after Year?

Image shows a map of Canada outlining the different disability benefits amounts across the country. Emphasizes that New Brunswick is the lowest.

Alberta: The higher total welfare income amount is for the unattached single with a disability who is eligible for Alberta’s Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)  program; the lower amount is for the unattached single with a disability who is eligible for Alberta’s Barriers to Full Employment (BFE) Program.

What’s In a Logo? 

The NBCPD logo is made up of six chain links, each of them representing a disability category as follows: Invisible Disabilities, Mental Health Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Vision Disabilities, Hearing Disabilities and and Neurodivergent Disabilities. And why do the chain links look like “conversation bubbles”? They represent dialogue between all types of disabilities and are linked in a circle as a symbol of the intersectionality and how most of us are not just affected by one disability, but usually several. 

Image shows a logo made up of oval "speech bubble", linked together to form a circle. The links are dark red, dark blue and dark green. Around the circle are arrows pointing to each different bubble with the words Invisible Disabilities, Mental Health Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Vision Disabilities, Hearing Disabilities and and Neurodivergent Disabilities

What's Trending At NBCPD

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  • Date for the  NBCPD Annual Bingo has been announced! March 24th is the day! Mark your calendars!
  • New, interactive contest coming to website soon! Keep checking here to find out what that will be all about! Does it sound mysterious? It should! It will be a treasure to be hold!
  • New Survey component added to webpage! Go to Programs — Survey
  • We are now on LinkedIn! Check us out here!

“Go Barrier Free” Extended to March 29th!

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Click here for more information the next Weekly Coffee Chat.

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Our Priorities

Social Justice

According to the Oxford Dictionary’s definition, social justice is “The objective of creating a fair and equal society in which each individual matters, their rights are recognized and protected, and decisions are made in ways that are fair and honest.” That describes perfectly what the NBCPD wants to see for people with disabilities in New Brunswick. To be on an equal playing field, those with disabilities sometimes require a bit of help; whether it be with income for those who are unable to work because of their disability, help with accessible transportation or housing, or funding to obtain the rehabilitative equipment they require to lead a productive life. Ever person matters. As a province, we must strive to leave nobody behind.

Wellness, mental health & recreation

In a post Covid19 world, we know that the mental health of many will be fragile. Whether it be struggling with some form of PTSD caused by the isolation of the pandemic, trying to adjust to being out in the world again, or accepting that while others are back out there, they are still coping with their own everyday normal of isolation. People with disabilities have been hit hard by the pandemic. Many rely on in-home care that was just not available or in short supply. Many could not afford the healthy food required to be in fighting form if they were to contract the virus. Once the pandemic is behind us, we want to encourage those who can go out by keeping them up-to-speed on what’s out there for them and accessible. If they need to stay in a little longer, we’ll be there for them with virtual activities.

Disability Awareness

Disability awareness is the key that will open doors. Whether it be to a better standard of living financially, better access to services or an equal chance to participate fully in society including working, studying and playing on an equal footing with others, it all starts with knowledge and understanding. NBCPD represents all disabilities, visible and invisible and will help you get connected to the right resources. Our services include:

  • Access to disability awareness training
  • Networking with other agencies
  • Accessibility Investigations
  • Data compilation
  • Meetings with government officials
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