UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June 22, 2021

CCD Applauds Dr. Laverne Jacobs' Candidacy for UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada, applauds the Government of Canada’s naming Dr. Laverne Jacobs as a candidate for the 2022 election of members for the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

December 16, 2020

Disability Rights Online

You should check out the Disability Rights Online website.  This website connects visitors with self-paced online training on human rights, other resources and contact information for expert speakers on human rights. Read more.

November 6, 2020

Human Rights Training for People with Disabilities by People with Disabilities: Nothing about us without us!

The Project aims to raise awareness of Canadians with disabilities, particularly youth with disabilities and people from ethno-cultural communities, about available human rights remedies to discrimination and how to access those remedies.  Read more.

December 21, 2018

Open Letter: Recognizing Two Important Human Rights Milestones of 2018

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) celebrates Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol.  We recognize that accession reinforces the commitment that the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments have made to ensuring that people with disabilities have full enjoyment of their human rights, as elaborated in the CRPD, which Canada ratified in 2010.  CCD called upon Canada to accede to the Optional Protocol because the mechanism strengthens the human rights protections that are available to people with disabilities in the CRPD, and we congratulate you on this important advance. Read more.

May 23, 2017

Review of Canada's Accession to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In light of the importance that the CCD attaches to the OP we have taken the time to consult with a number of international law experts on the matter along with our own membership, and what follows is a synthesis of their views and our own, in a process that very much mirror’s the drafting of the treaty all those years ago.  Read more.

December 23, 2016

Canada to Ratify CRPD's Optional Protocol

Minister Qualtrough and Minister Dion announced that Canada would ratify the CRPD’s Optional Protocol in 2017.  Read more.


International Development Policy

January 30, 2013

Official Development Assistance to the World Bank

To ensure that the funds Canada commits to the World Bank have an impact on people with disabilities, CCD encourages Canada to promote at the World Bank, policies that advance access and inclusion.  In particular, CCD recommends that Canada’s appointees to the World Bank promote a twin-track approach to disability and development, consultation with people with disabilities affected by World Bank programming and safeguards grounded in human rights, with a particular emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

June 4, 2010

Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) May Be Defunded

I am writing to express our deep concern that the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) – after decades of partnership with CIDA - may now be defunded. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is a member of CCIC and has been for many years. We work with CCIC to ensure that those focused on international development work are aware of the needs of persons with disabilities in the developing world. It is through the good work of CCIC members that persons with disabilities, often the most marginalized in developing societies, get the benefit of both humanitarian aid and development program initiatives. CCD cannot do this work alone. We need organizations like CCIC that help coordinate development agency work. Read more.

January 25, 2003

Peace Is A Disability Issue