UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

May 23, 2017

Review of Canada's Accession to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In light of the importance that the CCD attaches to the OP we have taken the time to consult with a number of international law experts on the matter along with our own membership, and what follows is a synthesis of their views and our own, in a process that very much mirror’s the drafting of the treaty all those years ago.  Read more.

December 23, 2016

Canada to Ratify CRPD's Optional Protocol

Minister Qualtrough and Minister Dion announced that Canada would ratify the CRPD’s Optional Protocol in 2017.  Read more.

June 22, 2015

Advocate for Change: Disability/Deaf Issues and the Federal Election

I want to share some thoughts about political participation, to mention some key provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), as well as relevant recommendations developed  by the Community University Research Alliance (CURA), a project led by CCD. Read more.

February 28, 2014

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: First Report of Canada

Canada has submitted its first report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Convention) to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

August 2, 2013

Vangelis Nikias: Welcome to My World

Vangelis Nikias discusses the value of the CRPD. Read more.

June 3, 2013

CASHRA 2013: Renewing the Vision

It is very pertinent that we have the opportunity to share our views in relation to certain critical aspects of CRPD in the 2013 Conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies in Halifax.  Canadians with disabilities have endeavoured for many years to speak for ourselves, to improve our living conditions, to participate fully in all aspects of society.  We have increasingly done so as human rights holders, moving away from being cast in the role of charity cases.  In this effort, we have actively worked to strengthen the human rights movement.  We view, therefore, CASHRA as an indispensable ally. Read more.


International Development Policy

January 30, 2013

Official Development Assistance to the World Bank

To ensure that the funds Canada commits to the World Bank have an impact on people with disabilities, CCD encourages Canada to promote at the World Bank, policies that advance access and inclusion.  In particular, CCD recommends that Canada’s appointees to the World Bank promote a twin-track approach to disability and development, consultation with people with disabilities affected by World Bank programming and safeguards grounded in human rights, with a particular emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

June 4, 2010

Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) May Be Defunded

I am writing to express our deep concern that the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) – after decades of partnership with CIDA - may now be defunded. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is a member of CCIC and has been for many years. We work with CCIC to ensure that those focused on international development work are aware of the needs of persons with disabilities in the developing world. It is through the good work of CCIC members that persons with disabilities, often the most marginalized in developing societies, get the benefit of both humanitarian aid and development program initiatives. CCD cannot do this work alone. We need organizations like CCIC that help coordinate development agency work. Read more.

January 25, 2003

Peace Is A Disability Issue