Weekly Email Digest for Information Sharing Purposes June 10 - June 17, 2024

Human Rights
Applauding Report on Call for Justice
Cooperation Canada Newsletter
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Fighting Blindness Canada
Statistics Canada
New StatCan data: Employment rate of persons with disabilities holds steady at 47.1% 
SAVE THE DATE: DWC 2024 Conference 
Save the Date for our Annual General Meeting and Inclusion Awards June 20, 2024 
Dementia Community Investment: Call for Letters of Intent 
Notice of Opportunity - Director of Defence Construction Canada 
Resources to support disability justice work 

Human Rights

Applauding Report on Call for Justice 1.7

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is applauding the work of the Ministerial Special Representative, Jennifer Moore Rattray, and joining the collective call for independent human rights mechanisms for Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Cooperation Canada Newsletter

Click on the following link to access the information online: Member Insights | Aperçu des membres (mailchi.mp)

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Click on the following link to access the information online: The Widening scope of assisted suicide in the US (mailchi.mp)

Click on the following link to access the information online: Assisted suicide lobby leader lies at Delaware hearing. (mailchi.mp)

Fighting Blindness Canada

Click on the following link to access the information online: Sharing the latest vision research news, event updates, resources, and more. (mailchi.mp)

Statistics Canada

New StatCan data: Employment rate of persons with disabilities holds steady at 47.1%

Today, Statistics Canada released a new analysis on the labour market characteristics of persons with and without disabilities. Please share widely with your network.

This release uses data from Labour Force Survey (LFS) supplements to examine trends in the employment and unemployment rates of persons with and without disabilities for the year 2023. It explores how disability intersects with age, sex, educational attainment, and racialized groups to influence labour market outcomes.

Highlights from the analysis:

In 2023, the unemployment rate continued to be higher among persons with a disability (7.6%) compared to persons without disabilities (4.6%). However, it increased at a similar pace for both groups from 2022 to 2023 (+0.8% and +0.7%, respectively).

From 2022 to 2023, the employment rate of persons with a disability held steady at 47.1%. Meanwhile, the employment rate of persons without a disability declined from 67.7% in 2022 to 66.9% in 2023.

Disability tends to have a larger impact on the employment rates of men. In 2023, the overall employment rate for men with disabilities (48.9%) was 21.9% below the rate for men without disabilities (70.8%). The employment rate of women with disabilities (45.6%) was 17.2% lower than for women without disabilities (62.8%).

Employees with a disability earned $31.95 an hour on average compared with $33.86 for those without disabilities.

Since 2022, information on disability has been collected through supplements to the LFS, providing a yearly portrait of the labour market situation of this increasingly large group within the Canadian population. This yearly portrait complements the Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), the official source of information on the prevalence of persons with disabilities in Canada. Results from the 2022 CSD are now available in the article Canadian

Survey on Disability, 2017 to 2022.

If you have questions or would like to speak to an analyst, please contact infostats@statcan.gc.ca.

Thank you,

Engagement and Data Services Division
Statistics Canada


SAVE THE DATE: DWC 2024 Conference

We are thrilled to announce that the Disability and Work in Canada (DWC) 2024 virtual conference will be held on November 27th, 28th, and December 4th, 5th from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Please save the dates to your calendar.

Additional information will be shared soon. 

We hope you can join us!

Kind regards,
DWC Committee

Save the Date for our Annual General Meeting and Inclusion Awards June 20, 2024

The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities is please to invite you to our 2024 Annual General Meeting and Inclusion Awards on Thursday, June 20th.

Join us at 7 PM via ZOOM video-conference as we celebrate this past year's accomplishments and look ahead to the coming year!

Please help us celebrate the winner of the COD-NL and Cenovus Energy Scholarship as well as the recipients of our annual Inclusion Awards!

Please RSVP to attend by emailing us at info@codnl.ca or by phone at 709 722 7011. To ensure we’re providing an inclusive event, if you require any disability supports, for example ASL Interpreting, please let us know when you RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dementia Community Investment: Call for Letters of Intent

The Public Health Agency of Canada is pleased to share with you the following Call for Letters of Intent under the Dementia Community Investment.

The objective of this current funding opportunity is to support both emerging and advanced, community-based projects that meet one or both of the following objectives:

Optimize the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia (PLWD) and family/friend caregivers; and/or
Increase knowledge of dementia and risk and protective factors.

In addition, all projects must undertake intervention research to assess the effectiveness of the program or initiative and promote/apply this knowledge to support expansion of the project's reach to new communities, sectors, populations and/or jurisdictions.

The Dementia Community Investment invites eligible organizations to submit their Letter of Intent by 14:59 EDT (2:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) on July 24, 2024. 

Key eligibility and application requirements and details on how to apply can be found on the Call for Applications website.

Please distribute widely to your networks to amplify the opportunity to potentially interested applicants.

Thank you,

The Dementia Community Investment Team
The Public Health Agency of Canada

Notice of Opportunity - Director of Defence Construction Canada

The Government of Canda has launched an open selection process to appoint directors of Defence Construction Canada and we want to ensure that members of your community/professional networks, stakeholders, and you are aware of this opportunity. We encourage you to share the information on the notice of opportunity with those whom you feel may be suited for this position.

Defence Construction Canada is a Crown corporation that assists the Government of Canada with military procurements and delivers defence infrastructure projects. Its activities aim to meet the needs of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces for infrastructure, management or real property and environmental services by advising on, collaboratively planning, procuring, and managing defence contracts.

For a more complete description of the experience, knowledge and abilities required in this position and to apply online, please visit the Governor in Council Appointments Website. Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

Please note that the evaluation of applications will begin on July 15, 2024.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by replying to this email.

Thank you very much!

Resources to support disability justice work

I am writing on behalf of the Learning Network - a knowledge mobilization initiative focused on enhancing the capacity of the gender-based violence and allied sectors (such as health, justice, and community-led organizations) to end violence and support survivors.

You can learn more about us by visiting our About Us page or by viewing this video on the side, created with American Sign Language interpretation.

We are reaching out to let you know about our resources to support your disability justice work and efforts to promote inclusive, equitable, and safe societies! We bring together practice-based knowledge, lived experience, and research to produce accessible written resources and events. Almost all of our virtual events offer American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning.

Our resources include:

Legal Advocacy to End Discrimination Against Women with Disabilities (Webinar recording in English and ASL)
Addressing Sexual Violence and Promoting the Sexual Rights of Women Labelled with Intellectual Disabilities (Issue-Based Newsletter in English and French)

“Thinking Outside the Box”: Using Intersectionality to Understand and Contextualize Children’s Experiences of Violence (Podcast with closed captions and transcript)

Exit Pathways Out of Violence for Migrant or Racialized Women with Disabilities: Understanding to Better Support Survivors (Webinar recording in English, ASL, French, and LSQ)

Reimagining and Supporting Intersectional Survivorship in Gender-Based Violence Work (Forum recordings in English and ASL)

If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list to be informed of upcoming events and resources, click here.

Please let us know if you would like to meet to learn more about our work and/or discuss opportunities for collective advocacy!

Jassamine Tabibi
Research Associate
Learning Network
Western University

Update on SDGs

The SDG Unit would like to provide you with some exciting engagement and activity updates.
Canada’s 2024 Annual Report on the SDGs – Now Live!

We are excited to announce that Taking Action Together: Canada’s 2024 Annual Report on the 2030 Agenda & the Sustainable Development Goals is now available. The 2024 annual report highlights actions taken in 2023 by a variety of people and organizations working together to advance the SDGs in Canada and around the world. It includes key metrics, success stories, and areas needing attention. The report focuses on the 5 SDGs being assessed this year at the High-Level Political Forum: SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). The report shows that Canada is making progress on the SDGs but facing challenges. Access the full report to stay informed and inspired by the strides being made in Canada and globally.

The SDG Unit would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you doing amazing work in advancing the SDGs and for the input you provided through our online questionnaire.

Upcoming: High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2024

Mark your calendars for the upcoming High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, which will take place from July 8 to 17, 2024. This pivotal event will bring together government representatives, civil society, and other stakeholders from around the world to follow up and review the advancement of the SDGs at the global level. This year’s theme is Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient, and innovative solutions. For detailed programme information and details on how you can participate virtually, visit the HLPF website.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at Programme2030-2030Agenda@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca is you have questions or would like additional information.

The Sustainable Development Goals Unit
Employment and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada

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