Seasonal Greetings

To Council Members, Friends and Allies of CCD:

“I want to congratulate and thank all of you, for your time, commitment, respect and compassion this past year. Your tremendous work with people in our respected communities and your willingness to stretch to also give time to the collective work of CCD, is much appreciated by all of us. As a volunteer organization heading into its 47th year, we collectively have been the home for many for nearly 5 decades.


Submission by Council of Canadians with Disabilities to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)

14 November 2022


The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is looking for a part-time lawyer to undertake legal research and provide guidance and advice on test case litigation. CCD is a national, cross-disability organization that uses a variety of advocacy activities to remove barriers and promote justice and equality for people with disabilities.

Sad News: Passing of Jim Derksen

Jim Derksen

It is with sadness that we report that long time CCD volunteer Jim Derksen has passed away. 

Jim was a truly visionary leader, helping our organization meet challenges in a principled manner consistent with our human rights philosophy. Jim was a Chairperson of CCD, when it was called the Coalition of Provincial Organizations of the Handicapped (COPOH).  He was also a National Coordinator of the organization.

Canadian Civil Society Supports Dr. Laverne Jacobs for the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities

June 13, 2022 | For Immediate Release

Dear Delegates of the 15th Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,    

Sad News

It is with sadness that we report that our fellow Council member John Rae passed away suddenly on the afternoon of April 8th in Toronto.

John was living his best life this past week going to a music concert, eating out with friends and attending a labour conference.

Celebrating International Women's Day

March 8, 2022 -- Today, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) commemorates International Women’s Day. While celebrating the contribution of all women, we draw particular attention to women with disabilities who also contend with ableism and other forms of intersecting discrimination related to their particular identities.

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!

December 17, 2021

Dear Council Members, Member Groups, Committee Members, Allies:

This is a season of celebration and reflection and like many others, we at CCD have a lot to think about as well as much to celebrate.

CCD: Rebuilding Our Capacity to Be a Voice for Disability Rights


For Immediate Release | December 14, 2021

The Executive and Council of CCD has, since June 2020, worked on modernizing our policies, practices and systems, as well as strengthening our ability to play a meaningful, strategic and convening role as a human rights advocacy organization in the disability community. We have new work groups, committees and volunteers who are picking up the workload on finances, human resources, technology, and governance. Our human rights, social policy, international and transportation teams continue their work.

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