The Government of Canada is leading consultations to inform planned accessibility legislation.
In-person sessions are coming soon to your community. Now is the chance to have your say. Read more.
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UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first human rights convention of the 21st century. The CRPD is an international law that provides guidance to countries on how to meet the human rights of persons with disabilities. The CRPD also has an Optional Protocol, which is another international law that provides a mechanism for individuals and groups, who have exhausted all domestic avenues of redress, to have claims of discrimination heard by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Canada participated in the development of the CRPD at the United Nations. The Federal government included people with disabilities on the Canadian delegation, which worked on drafting the Convention. Steve Estey, Chair of CCD's International Development Committee, and Mary Ennis, then a CCD Vice Chair, participated on different Canadian delegations.
During the Convention's development phase, CCD held community consultations where national disability groups provided input to Federal officials on the content of the CRPD.
Now that the Convention has come into force, CCD monitors the Federal Government's actions on the CRPD.
Canada signs the Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations. Members of the Canadian Delegation Steve Estey, Chair of CCD’s International Committee, and Dulcie McCallum observe Canada’s ambassador make this historic commitment.
HRSDC Minister Diane Finley, Defense Minister Peter MacKay, NDP Disability Critic Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Liberal MP Mike Savage, Liberal MP the Hon. Carolyn Bennett and Bloc MP Yves Lessard joined leaders from the disability community at a CCD celebration of Canada's ratification of the CRPD.
May 27, 2006
Fourth National Consultation on the International Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (ICRPD)
A summary of the proceedings at CCD's fourth Canadian consultation on the draft CRPD. Read more.