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Pooran Law 2023 Wrap Up

2023 was a year of big wins on behalf of children and youth with Autism accessing goods and services in the community. Click here to read more about important decisions upholding equality and justice. 


Estate Planning: New and Noteworthy

In this article we review how siblings may now manage an RDSP for a beneficiary with a disability and how recent changes to the Income Tax Act extends the principal residence exemptions to beneficiaries of Inter Vivos Trusts. Both welcome changes for anyone planning for a secure and independent life for a loved with a disability. Click here to read how these changes may impact you.


Social Benefits: Federal and Provincial Updates

ODSP: Rates & Updates

2023 brought significant changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program. Rates increased by 6.5%, people can earn up to $1,000 per month from employment without any claw-back from ODSP.  Click here to read more about the positive changes to the rates classifications.


Canada Disability Benefit

Bill C-22, commonly known as the Disability Benefit Act, received royal assent on June 22, 2023. The Act aims to reduce poverty and to support the financial security of persons with disabilities. They are currently undergoing public consultations to create the regulations. Click here to read more.


Too often, people with intellectual disabilities experience significant financial constraints, social isolation and dependence on others for their basic needs, resulting in immense barriers to accessing legal supports.


Our one-of-a-kind program provides free rights-based education, advocacy and direct legal services aimed at promoting self-directed decision. Click here to read some examples of our work.


Awards and Recognition

We were thrilled to be selected for two Canadian Law Awards nominations this year: Managing Partner of the Year and Pro Bono Initiative of the Year for our work related to the I Decide Law Program. We are so proud of our team and grateful for this recognition.  PooranLaw is led by a group of like-minded people who have devoted the majority of their personal and professional lives to promoting inclusion, enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. This year, we welcomed three new members to our crew:


Alisa Khan Parikh (Litigation)

Sadaf Wasim (Estates)

Calvin To (Labour & Employment)


We are so proud of our team and grateful for this recognition. 

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