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.

August 2, 2018

Accessibility Legislation: What the Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada Heard

The Alliance summarized its findings in a report titled “Consulting Canadians about the New Federal Accessibility Law: Final Report", prepared by Djenana Jalovcic, Ph. D.  Read more.

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.

July 16, 2018


Multiple news outlets are reporting that Robert Latimer has submitted a letter to the Minister of Justice seeking a pardon or a new trial following his conviction for the murder of his daughter Tracy in 1993. 

Latimer has been free on parole since 2010.  Contrary to some media reports, Latimer has been able to travel outside Canada since 2015, according to the Globe and Mail.

Disability rights activists are concerned that the pardon request is a “symptom and effect of the continuing devaluation of disabled people” as shown by the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia in 2016, according to Amy Hasbrouck, director of Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet.  She notes that individual choice is supposed to be key to the suspension of homicide laws in cases of assisted suicide and euthanasia.  “Yet Tracy was not given a choice.”
  Read more.

June 24, 2018

CCD Elects Two Members at Large on Council

CCD Council has elected two new Members at Large to the National Council of Representatives: John Rae and Natalie Spagnuolo.  Read more.

CCD Weblog

June 24, 2018

Supreme Court Decision Undermines Access to Justice

On June 14, 2018, the Supreme Court released its judgment in Canada (Canadian Human Rights Commission) v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 SCC 31, also known as Matson and Andrews. In its judgment the Supreme Court found that challenges to discrimination that result from the wording of a federal law cannot be brought to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Instead, these challenges will have to be brought before the courts as Charter challenges. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities and ARCH Disability Law Centre are disappointed in the Supreme Court decision. ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) represented the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) as an intervener in this case.The judgment will undermine access to justice for persons from equity seeking groups, including persons with disabilities, by preventing them from using the more accessible Canadian Human Rights Commission system for challenges to discrimination that results from the wording of a federal law. Read more.

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.