Canada and the CRPD Archives

Canada and the CRPD

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.

June 22, 2015

Advocate for Change: Disability/Deaf Issues and the Federal Election

I want to share some thoughts about political participation, to mention some key provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), as well as relevant recommendations developed  by the Community University Research Alliance (CURA), a project led by CCD. Read more.

February 28, 2014

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: First Report of Canada

Canada has submitted its first report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Convention) to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

August 2, 2013

Vangelis Nikias: Welcome to My World

Vangelis Nikias discusses the value of the CRPD. Read more.

June 3, 2013

CASHRA 2013: Renewing the Vision

It is very pertinent that we have the opportunity to share our views in relation to certain critical aspects of CRPD in the 2013 Conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies in Halifax.  Canadians with disabilities have endeavoured for many years to speak for ourselves, to improve our living conditions, to participate fully in all aspects of society.  We have increasingly done so as human rights holders, moving away from being cast in the role of charity cases.  In this effort, we have actively worked to strengthen the human rights movement.  We view, therefore, CASHRA as an indispensable ally. Read more.

March 27, 2013

How Can a Civil Society Shadow Report Improve Accountability?

On Thursday 14 February 2013, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Steve Estey, Chair of CCD’s International Committee, participated in a panel presentation along with David Shannon (Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission) and Penny Hartin (World Blind Union).  Steve reviewed CCD’s recommendations to the Government of Canada regarding the CRPD. Read more.

March 22, 2013

CCD Panel Presentation at University of Ottawa Human Rights Centre

Without self-representative groups of persons with disabilities, our experience and our needs cannot be adequately and legitimately described, appropriate solutions cannot be developed, and difficult challenges cannot be taken up.   Read more.

January 10, 2013

Radio Interview about the CRPD

Vangelis Nikias discusses the CRPD on internet radio show, Dialogues with Dan. Read more.

November 27, 2012

CRPD - 10 Facts Canadians Should Know

Did you know that Canadians with disabilities and CCD played key roles in the development of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Read more.

November 5, 2012

Renewed Political Commitment and Leadership: An Imperative for the Realization of the Human Rights of Canadians with Disabilities

 The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a representative, democratic voice of Canadians with disabilities is pleased to provide a submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in relation to its May 2013 Universal Periodic Review of Canada’s human rights record.   Read more.

June 6, 2012

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Overview and Next Steps for an Accessible and Inclusive Society

CRPD contains strong human rights principles and practical measures intended to give effect to these principles.  The question is: where do we go from here?  Raising awareness in the disability community and more broadly is, in CCD’s view, a key to further success.  Awareness will help us in claiming our rights both in the policy-making and legal contexts.  We also hope that legal advocates and the Canadian judiciary will utilize CRPD in their work, in advancing arguments and making decisions. Read more.

July 4, 2011

Community Expectations: Compliance and Progressive Realization

One of the features which make Canada a great country is our human rights tradition and current framework. Read more.

June 9, 2011

Monitoring of the CRPD

In the Government of Canada’s Explanatory Memorandum on the CRPD they do not specifically name the Canadian Human Rights Commission as the CRPD monitoring body. They did state that the monitoring body would meet the Paris Principles. Read more.

March 29, 2011

Timeline of Major Milestones in International Disability Policy

A chronology of actions at the UN on disability issues. Read more.

March 29, 2011

Disability Community Priorities and Expectations

In the words of the CRPD we expect progressive realization of our rights. And this must be a broadly shared goal because we are all in this together. According to the International Labor Organization, the annual loss of global GDP due to our exclusion of persons from the labor market is between US$1.37 trillion and US$1.94 trillion. Read more.

March 29, 2011

The Road to the UN Convention

In this presentation I will focus on the events that led up to the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). I was involved, with other representatives of the worldwide disability community, in the drafting of the treaty from 2002 to 2006, over the course of nine or ten meetings at the U.N. in New York and at regional meetings around the world. “Nothing about us without us” is our prevailing motto. Read more.

March 16, 2011

P/T Ministers Consider Human Rights in the Context of Disability

Winnipeg 15 March 2011—Canada’s provincial and territorial ministers responsible for disability issues and human rights spent the last two days considering what human rights mean in the context of life with a disability. In February, the disability community developed a Call to Action, endorsed by over 100 organizations, which outlines steps for implementing the CRPD in Canada and this document was shared with the Ministers. Ongoing engagement with the disability community is central to the community’s vision of an effective implementation strategy Read more.

March 14, 2011

Speaking Notes for International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day (IWD) everyone!! Thank you for the opportunity to share with you some of my personal reflections on the recognition of the rights of women with disabilities. I think it is remarkable that on this auspicious occasion of the hundredth anniversary of IWD, we are recognizing the achievements of women with disabilities. Not all that long ago, women with disabilities were invisible within the general society as well as among those promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, and those promoting gender equality. But today, here we are at the Manitoba legislature celebrating women with disabilities. I heartily commend Minister Howard for making this historical event happen.

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March 14, 2011

A Call to Action: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), through consultation and dialogue with the disability community and civil society, are joined by over 130 organizations, thus far, in calling for the Government of Canada, Canada’s parliament, provincial and territorial governments, and legislative bodies to work with persons with disabilities, disability organizations, and all other Canadians on the full implementation of the CRPD, to take all appropriate actions to remove barriers experienced by Canadians with disabilities in their effort to participate in all aspects of society. Read more.

March 14, 2011

Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

March 11, 2011 marks the first anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which reaffirms that persons with disabilities enjoy the protection of all human rights. Following community consultations, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) have developed a Call to Action, “UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Making Domestic Implementation Real and Meaningful”, which has the support of more than 100 disability community organizations. Read more.

February 4, 2011

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Making Domestic Implementation Real and Meaningful

The following working paper has been developed by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL). It is intended to spark dialogue on implementation of the CRPD and propose concrete actions for consideration. This paper provides:
• A brief background on the CRPD and the role the Government of Canada and the Canadian disability community played in elaborating the CRPD.

The paper identifies the need for:
• National mechanisms for implementation, monitoring and reporting.
• A robust participation strategy.
• A national framework for implementation.
• A public and transparent review process.

The paper concludes with suggested next steps – including a specific call to action for the Government of Canada and Parliamentarians.
  Read more.

February 4, 2011

Do you want Parliamentarians and the Government of Canada to Take Action on Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disability?

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are inviting disability organizations across Canada to voice a call to Parliamentarians and the Government of Canada to take leadership on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). Read more.

January 25, 2011

Why the CRPD Is Important

Steve Estey and Marie White discuss the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

March 11, 2010

Canada Ratifies United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Joy and celebration are the two primary emotions felt today by many Canadians with disabilities as the Government of Canada ratifies the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations. Canada today pledged to be governed by the CRPD, the newest international human rights treaty which boldly articulates a human rights framework for addressing the exclusion and lack of access people with disabilities have encountered in Canada and in all societies. Read more.

March 3, 2010

MPs Back to Work to Tackle Unfinished Business

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is pleased that Members of Parliament are back to work. Now the Government of Canada can make good on a commitment made on 3 December 2009: Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read more.

December 3, 2009

Government of Canada Tables in the House The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Canadians with Disabilities Celebrate This Milestone Event

Today, Minister Peter MacKay, on behalf of the Government of Canada, tabled in the House the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This is the final step in the process of Ratification of the Convention, one that has been eagerly awaited by Canadians with disabilities. Read more.

March 30, 2009

Pressure Mounting for Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Today marks the second anniversary of Canada?s participation in the signing ceremony for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which took place at the United Nations. By signing, the Federal government signaled its intent to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by following typical Canadian procedures, with an emphasis on Federal, Provincial, Territorial discussions that take place behind closed doors. However today, two years after the fact, with 50 other countries having ratified the CRPD, Canada is beginning to feel pressure to fast-track ratification. With so many countries having stepped forward to ratify the CRPD, Canada needs to evaluate the pace at which things are proceeding. Read more.