COVID 19 Response Needs to Be Approached with a Disability Lens

Media Release

For Immediate Release | March 18, 2020

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) reminds all levels of government, community organizations and businesses responding to the COVID 19 crisis that all planning needs to be done using a human and disability rights lens to ensure that our country’s response does not leave anyone behind.

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Applauds PM’s Direction to Minister Qualtrough

Media Release

For Immediate Release | January 28, 2020

When crafting the Mandate Letter for the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau included several issues that have been high on the Council of Canadians with Disabilities’ priority list for many years.

CCD Part of Coalition Seeking to Intervene in Case Focused on Supports to Live in the Community

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) will be applying to intervene in a case at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal which raises issues of national importance affecting the fundamental human rights of persons with disabilities. CCD is collaborating in its proposed intervention with the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and People First of Canada (PFC) (together, “the Coalition”). The Coalition is seeking to intervene on the issue of the interpretation and application of the test for systemic discrimination.

Senate Committee Corrects Some Weaknesses in Bill C-81

May 4, 2019 | For Immediate Release

Ottawa to host meeting of the "Global Action on Disability" - CCD to attend as an observer

From April 29 – May 1, 2019 Canada’s Minister for International Development, Maryam Monsef, will host an International Conference focusing on the situation of people with disabilities in developing countries.  

CCD Calls on Senate to Address Significant Silences in Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada

April 11, 2019 | For Immediate Release

On April 10, 2019, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national organization of people with various disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada, testified before the Senate Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee during its study of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada.  Steven Estey, CCD Government and Community Relations Officer, appeared on a panel with Kerri Joffe (ARCH) and Bill Adair (Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance).

Jewelles Smith Member of Canadian Delegation

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is pleased to announce that its Chairperson Jewelles Smith was appointed as an individual to be a member of the Canadian delegation to the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) that took place in New York City in March 2019.  The UN estimates that one in five women will experience disability over the lifespan.  In Canada, disability affects one quarter of women in Canada.

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