Kate McWilliams is a disability advocate living on Salt Spring Island B.C. As an ambulatory wheelchair user living in a small (and very hilly) B.C town, she faces many challenges in her day to day life.
One issue however stands out for her: Marriage equality for people living with a disability in Canada.
Mcwilliams has been common-law for 7 years now and spoke about the problems many disabled individuals face when considering getting married in Canada.
“In B.C..If your combined income together (as a married or common-law couple) is over $14,400 the disabled partner automatically is not qualified for any benefits.”-Kate McWilliams, Disability Advocate
Disabled individuals often need their benefits to cover in home care, counseling or rehabilitative treatments, things they need to live. So when faced with the decision of whether to marry their partner and forgo their benefits or continue to get the help they need-it’s really not a choice at all.