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 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.

November 13, 2017


Watch for Chats on affordable housing, basic income, transportation, etc. Read more.

November 13, 2017

"What Should Canada's Promised National Accessibility Law Include?"

If you missed the live streaming of the Alliance’s Disability Expert Conference “What Should Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Include? Cutting-edge Ideas from Experts from Around the World”, it is available on YouTube at 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.

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.