This Solutions Lab is led by Inclusion Canada (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living). It will explore how to use Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) to address housing challenges for people with disabilities. Funds from RDSP long-term savings plans could help people access better housing and lead to financial security and housing stability. The Lab brings together policymakers and people with different physical and developmental disabilities. Together, they will try to understand:
- how policies related to the RDSP would need to be changed, and
- how these funds would be used for stable housing.
Key Findings / Key Goals
Review existing rules governing RDSPs and barriers that prevent practical use.
Develop ways to use RDSP assets to create better housing access.
Improve supports and housing affordability for those with disabilities who are homeless or in low-income households.
Project scope and expected outcomes
How will the Lab be conducted?
To solve the problem of housing stability through the use of RDSPs, the team will do the following activities:
- A kick-off meeting will take place.
- Stakeholders and contributors will be identified.
- The plan to engage people in the process will be refined.
Discovery phase (studies)
- Market analysis
- Lived experience interviews
- Technical aspects of RDSPs
- Key informant interviews
- Legal and regulation
- Options paper
- The financial model will be developed
- The chosen product or program will be designed
Prototyping and testing phase
- Consultations with the stakeholders and contributors
- Progressive refinements of the solution
- Solution paper
- A roadmap describing how the solution can be actioned
Solutions Lab Lead:
Institutes for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS)
People First of Canada
Dana Granofsky Ent.
Ability Tax and Trust Advisors (Ability)
For More Information:
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