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

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.

Council of Canadians with Disabilities Welcomes New Member-at-Large

November 26, 2021 | For Immediate Distribution

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) welcomes Ingrid Palmer as a Member-at-Large to our National Council of Representatives.  “Ingrid brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from the disability community,” states Heather Walkus, Acting Chair.

“My commitment is to amplify the voices and experiences of persons with disabilities who are Black and Racialized and who have not sufficiently been represented at many tables” said Palmer.

An Open Letter from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Concerning the Canadian Psychiatric Association Position Statement on Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD)

November 20, 2021

To Whom It May Concern:

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an equitable, accessible and inclusive Canada, is very concerned about the approach taken on Medical Aid in Dying by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) in its Position Statement. CCD joins others in calling upon the CPA to reform its Position Statement on MAiD.

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