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Voice of Our Own

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

January 15, 2018


The Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada will be hosting its fifth #AllianceChat in its series on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 3 pm EST. Please note the new day and time!  During the chat, the Alliance will be discussing healthcare for Indigenous people with disabilities.  The Alliance is pleased to announce that Mr. Neil Belanger, Executive Director BCANDS ( will be joining the chat.  To participate in the chat just go to Twitter and search for #AllianceChat and you can join through there.   Read more.

December 19, 2017

#AllianceChat - Registered Disability Savings Plan

To participate in the chat please go to Twitter and search for #AllianceChat and you can join through 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.

April 23, 2018

Delta Airlines Inc. v Gábor Lukács: CCD Makes a Difference at the Supreme Court of Canada

On January 19, 2018 in the matter of Delta Airlines Inc. v Gábor Lukács, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) decided it is unreasonable for the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to use a narrow criteria for determining which complaints can be heard.  The Supreme Court heard the case on October 4, 2017. Read more.

December 30, 2017

Happy New Year!

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities wishes you a Happy New Year!

In 2018, we are looking forward to working on national accessibility and inclusion legislation. 

Jewelles Smith
Council of Canadians with Disabilities

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CCD Weblog

April 29, 2018

S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation Case

The case is called S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation. It raises the question: can absolute discretionary trusts, also known as Henson Trusts, be taken into account in eligibility criteria for social programs, like a housing subsidy or social assistance? 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.