UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Archives

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

April 5, 2013

Your Presence is requested at CASHRA2013.ca

Early bird registration ends April 18, so please register online at www.CASHRA2013.ca Read more.

May 12, 2008

Canadians with Disabilities Celebrate the Coming into Force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

As twenty countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), it now has the force of international law. Steve Estey, the Chairperson of CCD's International Development Committee joined other colleagues from the global disability rights movement at a UN ceremony to promote greater societal awareness of the CRPD, which provides guidance to countries on how to ensure people with disabilities experience full enjoyment of their human rights. Read more.

May 27, 2006

Fourth National Consultation on the International Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (ICRPD)

A summary of the proceedings at CCD's fourth Canadian consultation on the draft CRPD. Read more.

Canada and the CRPD

June 6, 2023

UN Conference of State Parties: Connecting Disability Organizations

The 16th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP16) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, from 13 to 15 June 2023.   Read more.

June 13, 2022

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

Dr. Laverne Jacobs is Canada’s first-ever nominated candidate to the UN CRPD Committee. This demonstrates unparalleled commitment and confidence in her nomination by the Government of Canada and highlights the recognition of Dr. Jacob’s intersectional approach and life-long vision to the realization and expansion of international disability rights for all. A law professor at the University of Windsor, Dr. Jacobs has and continues to work to see the evolution of law incorporate the full realization of disability rights. Her work as lead author of the first Canadian disability law textbook ushered in a new, vibrant generation of disability rights scholars. Dr. Jacobs' disability and anti-racism advocacy work advances an intersectional approach to legislation and policymaking, and her work directly led to the creation of the Accessible Canada Act - a landmark federal legislation promising barrier-free access by 2040. These are but a few of her accomplishments. Read more.

June 22, 2021

CCD Applauds Dr. Laverne Jacobs' Candidacy for UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada, applauds the Government of Canada’s naming Dr. Laverne Jacobs as a candidate for the 2022 election of members for the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

December 16, 2020

Disability Rights Online

You should check out the Disability Rights Online website.  This website connects visitors with self-paced online training on human rights, other resources and contact information for expert speakers on human rights. Read more.

November 6, 2020

Human Rights Training for People with Disabilities by People with Disabilities: Nothing about us without us!

The Project aims to raise awareness of Canadians with disabilities, particularly youth with disabilities and people from ethno-cultural communities, about available human rights remedies to discrimination and how to access those remedies.  Read more.

December 21, 2018

Open Letter: Recognizing Two Important Human Rights Milestones of 2018

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) celebrates Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol.  We recognize that accession reinforces the commitment that the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments have made to ensuring that people with disabilities have full enjoyment of their human rights, as elaborated in the CRPD, which Canada ratified in 2010.  CCD called upon Canada to accede to the Optional Protocol because the mechanism strengthens the human rights protections that are available to people with disabilities in the CRPD, and we congratulate you on this important advance. Read more.

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.