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.

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.

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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December 22, 2017

Happy Holidays

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities wishes you an accessible and inclusive holiday season.

Jewelles Smith
Council of Canadians with Disabilities

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December 22, 2017

Changes to the Canada Pension Plan Coming

he federal and provincial Ministers of Finance review the CPP every three years. As part of the 2016-2018 Triennial Review, the Ministers agreed in principle to make five changes to the CPP and its regulations to ensure the sustainability of the CPP Enhancement.  Read more.

CCD Weblog

January 24, 2018

CCD National Coordinator Participating in CRA's Disability Advisory Committee Meeting

The Committee’s role will be to provide advice to the Minister of National Revenue and the Commissioner of the CRA on the administration and interpretation of the ...laws and programs related to disability tax measures administered by the CRA, and on ways in which CRA can take into consideration the needs and expectations of the disability community as well as increase awareness and take-up of measures for people with disabilities.  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.