Community/GovernmentDisability Income Program Task TeamTerms of Reference1. Purpose and Scope
The task team will develop initial recommended design options for a newdisability income program to begin implementation in 2009-10. This wouldinclude optio6ns relating to the following:
Program definition and access;2)
Eligibility and assessment processes; and
Program interactions/requirements (e.g. reporting).The task team will assist in recommending a phased approach toimplementation, if required, with a primary focus on 2009-10 deliverables, butalso providing recommendations for 2010-11 or 2011-12 work should themagnitude of change require a multi-year approach.The task team will develop a discussion guide on the recommended options,which will be used to gather feedback from the disability community prior tomaking final recommendations to the Minister by March 31, 2009.The issue of adequacy and benefit levels will be outside the scope of the work of the task team. The focus of the task team’s work at this stage is to providerecommended options regarding the design of the new income program.
The task team will undertake the following activities:
Develop goals, objectives and principles to guide the work of the task team.2)
Identify the key characteristics/elements of a separate income programincluding:i.
Describing the changes that would be required to design andimplement each new characteristic/element, andii.
Prioritizing the implementation of each element, if required.3)
Define assessment and eligibility processes for determining who the work-limiting disability population is for the new program.4)
Develop program administration options including reporting requirements,rapid reinstatement, and earnings exemptions.5)
Provide advice and input regarding models of service delivery for the newprogram.3