First On-Line Consultation:
The Future of the Canada Pension Plan
December 3rd, 2002, Ottawa. The
Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities launched the first
on-line consultation by a parliamentary committee today. This
e-consultation on the Future of the Canada Pension Plan Disability program will
allow Canadians a degree of access to Parliamentarians that is unprecedented.
The Sub-Committee strongly believes that on-line consultations represent the
next step in the path towards e-democracy in Canada.
In a joint statement, the members of the Sub-Committee on
the Status of Persons with Disabilities remarked, “We have opened the doors to
all Canadians to participate in our work on the Canada Pension Plan Disability
program. We expect to have a diversity of participation that is not
normally possible in our traditional consultation processes.”
This e-consultation is a pilot project that is the House of
Common’s first attempt at engaging citizens via the Internet. Canadians
will be provided with an opportunity to participate at their convenience during
the 9-week on-line consultation process, running from December 3rd to
February 3rd, 2003. In an all-party declaration, the Members
stated, “it is our belief that the rich new input from this e-consultation will
help shape our final report and recommendations to House of Commons.”
All Canadians are invited to participate. The Sub-Committee
would especially like to hear from:
and past beneficiaries, applicants, and appellants of the Canada Pension
Plan Disability program;
who have performed CPP (D) assessments in the past;
of the medical community involved in rehabilitation;
who have provided representation for disability applicants; and
and health associations at the national, provincial and local levels.
The on-line consultation will provide three primary means of
Our Issue Poll – participants will provide their viewpoints on major
issues facing the Canada Pension Plan Disability program.
Your Story – participants will provide their stories to the Sub-Committee
and have the option to share their experiences with all Canadians.
Your Solutions – participants will be given the opportunity to present
their proposed solutions to a range of challenges currently facing the
Canada Pension Plan Disability program.
The Sub-Committee’s website is a great resource for
information on the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program and the work of the
Sub-Committee. The on-line consultations can be accessed at the following
For additional information please contact:
Clerk of the Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Legislative Assistant to:
Carolyn Bennett, M.P
Chair of the Sub-Committee on
the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6