CCD keeps its members and others informed by publishing reports and newsletters.

Voice of Our Own

This quarterly newsletter updates the community on the activities of CCD and its member organizations.

November 25, 2017

CCD Will Be at the Supreme Court of Canada to Intervene in Canadian Human Rights Commission v. Attorney General of Canada

On behalf of the CCD, ARCH will provide a disability rights perspective to the Supreme Court, and show how the Court’s decision will create legal barriers to access to justice for persons with disabilities. ARCH will also argue that the Court should take into account the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when it makes its decision. The Convention is an international law that sets out rights for persons with disabilities, including the right to access to justice on an equal basis as others. Effective access to justice is an important part of making sure that persons with disabilities can participate fully and equally in society.


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November 20, 2017

Twitter Chat - Accessible and Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities

To participate in the Chat search for #AllianceChat on Twitter and you can join the Chat from there! Read more.

Chairperson's Update

In this monthly newsletter, CCD’s Chairperson shares information about the work undertaken by the National Council of Representatives, Committees, volunteers and staff.

December 11, 2017

Happy International Human Rights Day!

I thought it would be a good time to update on where civil society is at with regard to the upcoming United Nations Universal Periodic Review. Read more.

December 3, 2017

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and part of the 16 Days to End Violence Against Women Campaign in Canada. As the Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), I have had an exciting and busy year. Read more.

November 20, 2017

CCD Election Results

The CCD Council has elected two new officers to the Executive Committee: Pat Danforth as 2nd Vice Chair and Kathleen Thompson as Treasurer.  Read more.

CCD Weblog

November 16, 2017

CCD's Arguments in Delta Airlines Inc. v Gabor Lukacs

At issue in the proceeding was the appropriate criteria for deciding whether to hear complaints before administrative bodies such as the Canadian Transportation Agency (“the Agency”). The CCD took the position that the ability for individuals and groups to participate before the Agency ought to be driven by the seriousness of the issue they raise, not their particular identity or interest. It also argued that the protection offered by the Agency and other administrative bodies such as the Agency should be no less than the protection offered by the Canadian Human Rights Act. Read more.

April 4, 2017

Geneva, April 4th, 2017

If you were observing the session yesterday either via the live feed or through twitter updates, you will see that the UN CRPD Committee put numerous very concerning questions to Canada. It was fascinating to observe first hand and to participate in. Read more.

April 3, 2017

April 3rd, 2017 - Geneva

Although we have much that intersects and rises to the top as issues of concern for people with disabilities in Canada, we each have very particular points we have traveled far to bring to the attention of the CRPD Committee, and each one hopes to have an opportunity to express these issues—it is not an easy task to move us forward to consensus. I believe we can all agree that too often, people with disabilities do not have an opportunity to express their concerns in a way that will be heard, and this is an important opportunity to do this.  Read more.


February 14, 2017


CCD is interested in developing an ongoing collaborative working relationship with Parks Canada that will support increased access and inclusion in all of Parks Canada's activities. Read more.

April 19, 2016

A Modernised Court Challenges Program of Canada: A perspective from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities

The Court Challenges Program of Canada (“CCPC”) is essential to ensure access to justice for persons with disabilities in accordance with article 12 and 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. If persons with disabilities do not have the means to access the courts, the rights to equality guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in human rights legislation are hallow and meaningless. Read more.

January 29, 2016

CCD Submission to Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying

The Supreme Court of Canada in Carter emphasized that there needs to be a balanced system that both enables access by patients to physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia (PAD/VE), and protects persons who are vulnerable and may be induced to commit suicide. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) strongly believes that a minimal but mandatory vulnerability assessments, an independent review process with prior authorization, along with Criminal Code protection of the vulnerable are essential for this purpose.  Read more.