CCD keeps its members and others informed by publishing reports and newsletters.

Voice of Our Own

This quarterly newsletter updates the community on the activities of CCD and its member organizations.

October 12, 2015

CCD Voice of Our Own - Summer 2015

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities is helping Elections Canada inform Canadians about how to get ready to vote. Read more.

Chairperson's Update

In this monthly newsletter, CCD’s Chairperson shares information about the work undertaken by the National Council of Representatives, Committees, volunteers and staff.

October 30, 2016

CCD Chairperson's Update - Reflections on Advancing Disability Rights at the UN

Jewelles Smith, CCD Chairperson, was a member of the Canadian civil society delegation, which travelled to Geneva, for the 16th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

October 30, 2016

CCD Chairperson's Update - AGM Edition 2016

CCD's Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on June 11, 2016 in Winnipeg. Read more.

May 2, 2016

CCD Chairperson's Update - March/April 2016

In this edition of the Update, I am sharing the highlights of key meetings and presentations made over the past few weeks by the CCD team. Read more.

CCD Weblog

November 19, 2016

Lessons from the National Youth Forum in Ottawa

I had the pleasure of representing the Council of Canadians with Disabilities during the National Youth Forum on disability, organized by the Office for Disability Issues.  Read more.

November 11, 2016

CCD Appears Before Parliamentary Committee Regarding Canada Post Door to Door Service

In September 2016, John Rae, 1st Vice Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), presented in Toronto before the House of Commons Government and Operations Committee. He addressed the proposed change to the postal service from the perspective of people with disabilities. Read more.

April 18, 2016

Broadening the Electoral Reform Discussion

The Liberal government campaigned on electoral reform, promising “that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system” and that they “will make every vote count.”  The disability community, like many other groups, is anxious to learn what the new government will propose and the process it will introduce. Moreover, it is seeking allies in support of expanding the discussion of voting reform to include needed improvements in accessibility to Canada’s electoral system. Read more.


April 19, 2016

A Modernised Court Challenges Program of Canada: A perspective from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities

The Court Challenges Program of Canada (“CCPC”) is essential to ensure access to justice for persons with disabilities in accordance with article 12 and 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. If persons with disabilities do not have the means to access the courts, the rights to equality guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in human rights legislation are hallow and meaningless. Read more.

January 29, 2016

CCD Submission to Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying

The Supreme Court of Canada in Carter emphasized that there needs to be a balanced system that both enables access by patients to physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia (PAD/VE), and protects persons who are vulnerable and may be induced to commit suicide. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) strongly believes that a minimal but mandatory vulnerability assessments, an independent review process with prior authorization, along with Criminal Code protection of the vulnerable are essential for this purpose.  Read more.

July 10, 2015

Options for a Refundable Disability Tax Credit for 'working age' persons

The federal, provincial and territorial governments pay a non-refundable Disability Tax Credit to about 375,000 tax-filers aged between 18 and 64. If the credit were refundable approximately 755,000 more Canadians with disabilities in this age group would benefit from the Disability Tax Credit. This paper estimates the cost and the options for making the Disability Tax Credit refundable. Read more.