Social Policy Archives

Social Policy

January 29, 2009

Federal Budget Sends New Signal to Disability Community

In these challenging times, CCD urges you and your colleagues to ensure that those who already face significant disadvantage are not forgotten. Canadians with disabilities struggle when times are good to have their needs met and when times are bad sadly we are often the first to feel the effects of cutbacks or loss of employment. Read more.

National Action Plan on Disability

October 7, 2009

National Action Plan Video

Jim Derksen presents the National Action Plan. Read more.

September 22, 2009

End Exclusion 2009 Agenda

Roundtable Dialogue “Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship”

October 1, 2009
Ottawa City Hall Council Chambers
110 Laurier Avenue West

• To build solidarity within the disability community and with other anti-poverty groups.
• To highlight our shared priorities regarding Poverty Alleviation and inform key decision makers of our policy proposals.
• To build understanding of how a disability poverty alleviation agenda fits within broader anti-poverty proposals being advanced.
• To build on the success of End Exclusion 2006 and 2007.

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July 14, 2008

Your Help Is Needed!

June 1, 2008

Your Help Is Needed!

CCD explains what individuals can do in support of an accessible and inclusive Canada. Read more.

November 1, 2007

From Vision to Action: Building An Inclusive and Accessible Canada: A National Action Plan

The National Action Plan presents a shared vision for an inclusive and accessible Canada. Read more.


November 4, 2012

Tony Dolan's Speaking Notes for an October 2012 Presentation to Finance Committee

In October 2012, CCD Chairperson Tony Dolan appeared before the House of Commons Finance Committee, when it was consulting Canadians about Canada's next Budget.  Tony shared CCD's views on initiatives that the Government of Canada should undertake to create a more accessible and inclusive Canada. Read more.

March 22, 2011

Dealing with Today´s Disability Poverty

The disability community has shared with the Federal Government a plan, with short and long term steps, for eradicating disability poverty. A refundable Disability Tax Credit is the measure that many of us in the disability community were hoping to see in Budget 2011, but, once again, the Federal Budget has chosen to ignore Canadians with disabilities at the lowest rung of the socioeconomic scale. A refundable disability tax credit would put desperately needed dollars in the wallets of Canadians with disabilities living in poverty.

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December 3, 2010

United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The disability recommendations made by the HUMA Committee in their "Federal Poverty Reduction Plan" report would improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities by reducing disability poverty by removing barriers in income assistance, training, and employment. Many of its recommendations are drawn from the disability community's National Action Plan to build a more inclusive and accessible Canada.

We encourage all Members of Parliament to support the HUMA Committee's recommendations. Recognizing they cannot be all implemented immediately, a refundable disability tax credit would be an excellent first step for the Government to take. Including a refundable DTC in the upcoming Federal Budget would be an excellent down payment on income security for people with disabilities facing the severest poverty.

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December 2, 2010

Support for Bill S-216

On behalf of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national human rights organization of people with disabilities, I am writing to you in support of Bill S-216, the Protection of Beneficiaries of Long Term Disability Benefits Plans Act, and to follow-up on the presentation made to the Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee by Jim Derksen on 18 November 2010, when he spoke in support of Bill S-216. The purpose of this Bill is to protect people with disabilities on long term disability (LTD) benefits, whose plans are self-insured by their employers, should their employers declare bankruptcy. As you will recall, when Nortel declared bankruptcy, there was protection for Nortel creditors but Nortel employees on long term disability, much to their shock and dismay, discovered that they would be losing much of their long term disability benefits. Bill S-216 seeks to create a more just bankruptcy process for those Canadians who have LTD plans self-insured by employers. Read more.

December 2, 2010

Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada

We are hopeful that the Federal Government will be guided by this report and it would be gratifying to see the next Federal Budget implement the recommendation on the refundable DTC. In the coming weeks, therefore, we will be encouraging the Government of Canada to respond positively to the recommendations contained in the "Federal Poverty Reduction Plan" report.

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December 2, 2010

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - We're Sending Our Christmas Wish List to Federal Government

For this year's observance of December 3rd, CCD is drawing attention to the disproportionate level of poverty experienced by Canadians with disabilities in comparison to their nondisabled counterparts. Many Canadians assume that people with disabilities are well provided for by disability pensions. Few, unless they have a family member with a disability, understand that disability and poverty are largely synonymous—disability can lead to poverty and poverty can result in disability. Read more.


September 17, 2014

Employment Equality for Canadians with Disabilities

A powerpoint presentation exploring employment and Canadians with disabilities. Read more.

February 12, 2014

Conservative Plan for 2014 Takes Action on Employment for Persons with Disabilities

CCD commends the Government of Canada for progress to date, and looks forward to working in partnership with the Government of Canada on those barriers, which are very well known in the disability community - poverty, inaccessibility, and lack of disability-related supports. Read more.

February 10, 2014

Getting and Keeping a Job - What makes a difference

This collection of essays has much to teach Canadians seeking to include workers with disabilities in the workplace, because the authors tease out from their personal experiences the factors that promote employment for people with disabilities. Read more.

November 5, 2013

Letter to Minister of Employment and Social Development

 I am writing to share with you  “A New Approach” to addressing the labour market needs of Canadians with disabilities.  Read more.

November 1, 2013

Transforming Systems - a New Approach

Creating greater employment opportunities for persons with disabilities is not only the right thing to do; it makes good economic sense.  A win/win opportunity exists and can be realized. Read more.

April 8, 2013

CCD Brief for Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance

The government of Canada has a clear labour force agenda and one in which persons with disabilities can participate.  We are a population in waiting – waiting for government to implement strategies and approaches which support people with disabilities to exercise their skills and expertise.  Such action by the Government of Canada would demonstrate that they both recognize and value the place of people with disabilities in this country – after all, there is no “THOSE PEOPLE”. We are you Read more.

Disability Supports

June 6, 2011

Government Tries to Silence Critic of Student Loan Discrimination

Jasmin Simpson seeks fair play from the Canada Student Loan Program. Read more.

September 16, 2010

Pharmacare central to preventing and eradicating poverty and the Premiers are acting on it

A universal pharmacare plan would help prevent poverty and reduce the burden of drug costs for the 1 in every 4 Canadians without drug coverage, anti-poverty groups advise. The 9 per cent of Canadians who live in poverty are at higher risk of poor health, chronic illness and injury. The new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives confirms that in the current jumbled mix of private and public drug plans access to prescription drugs is largely based on income and where you live or work, rather than individual need. Read more.

December 2, 2009

Letter to the Editor Re: Advantage Disabled?

CCD is hopeful that the attention being focused on the benefits of technical aids in the area of elite sports translates into increased support for public programs providing technical aids to Canadians with disabilities. Read more.


November 19, 2014

Member Group Announcement - TVAC's Right the Wrong National Campaign

The ultimate goal of TVAC's RIGHT THE WRONG national campaign is to ensure that the Canadian born Thalidomide survivors can age with dignity.  YOUR VOICE, YOUR PARTICIPATION can make a difference! Read more.

October 21, 2014

Accessible Postal Service Is Our Goal

This week more Canadians will be losing door-to-door mail delivery.  Like other Canadians, people with disabilities will be looking for their mail at a community mailbox.  "Hopefully, only their mail will be waiting for them and not barriers which prevent them from using the mailbox in an accessible and dignified manner," stated Tony Dolan, CCD Chairperson. Read more.

October 1, 2014

Humanity evolving on human rights

The great need now is to be able to recognize human rights and their violations as exactly that, so that such abuses can be stopped and prevented. Read more.

September 26, 2014

Canadian Postal Service Charter

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities urges Canada to undertake a public review of the Canadian Postal Service Charter. Read more.

Federal Disability Act


December 11, 2013

CACL CCD Submission before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The impediment created by the contractual competence and legal authorization requirements for opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) has been frequently cited by individuals with intellectual disabilities and their family members as a barrier that prevents eligible beneficiaries from opening a plan.The proposed solution involves a Federal Government Form (“the Form”) authorized by Finance Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency enabling the appointment of one or more qualifying persons, as defined in the Income Tax Act, who may act as joint RDSP Account Holders in their capacity as an adult’s decision-making supporters. Read more.

June 3, 2013

Presentation to Finance Committee Re: Disability Tax Credit Regarding Bill C-462

CCD and DAWN support the intent of Bill C-462 and agree that people with disabilities should have their rightful entitlement protected from unfair fees charged by financial promoters.   Read more.

June 6, 2012

CCD Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee of Finance

Budget 2012 has created some new initiatives that CCD believes will help build a more inclusive and accessible Canada as well as initiatives that raise serious questions and possibly new barriers for people with disabilities.  Read more.

March 30, 2012

Viewing Budget 2012 with a Disability Lens

Last week, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada, called for the Federal Government to consider the effect of Old Age Security (OAS) reforms on Canadians with disabilities.  Budget 2012 indicates the Federal Government will have discussions with the provinces and territories about the impact of OAS reforms on Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits. CCD has identified questions that need a response from Canada’s governments.  Read more.

March 26, 2012

Raising Age of Eligibility for Old Age Security Will Prolong Poverty For Canadians with Disabilities

Canadians with disabilities disproportionately live in poverty.  Sadly many Canadians with disabilities look forward to reaching age 65 and becoming eligible for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).  These two programs provide a better income benefit than any of the social assistance income support programs for Canadians with disabilities. “Raising the age of eligibility for OAS means prolonging poverty for many Canadians with disabilities,” said Marie White, Chairperson of CCD’s Social Policy Committee. Read more.

March 21, 2012

An Emerging Issue: Old Age Security (OAS) and Raising the Age of Eligibility

Most Canadians are aware of the comments of the Prime Minister and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in regard to increasing the age of eligibility for the Old Age Security from 65 to 67.  What CCD questions is whether policy makers have considered the impact this change will have on Canadians with disabilities? Raising the age of eligibility for OAS will prolong the poverty of Canadians with disabilities. Read more.

Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship

January 9, 2015

Québec Poverty Reduction

An overview of the Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship project's research findings concerning Quebec's poverty reduction strategy. Read more.

December 11, 2014

Policy Reform Options for Community Organizations to Consider

Recommendations are presented for the federal government and provincial/territorial governments. As well, a series of recommendations speak to cooperation among governments in Canada. Read more.

December 10, 2014

Understanding the Poverty and Exclusion of Canadians with Disabilities

Cam Crawford explained the socio-demographic characteristics of Canadians with disabilities who live in poverty at CCD's Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship Forum on 2 December 2014 in Ottawa. Read more.

December 9, 2014

Christine Elliott's Vision of a More Inclusive Canada

So, building an inclusive society, yes, at times it may seem daunting.  At times it may seem a little bit too elusive.  But when you think about how much we can accomplish together, the goal of an inclusive society doesn’t seem quite so daunting, doesn't seem quite so elusive.  Our future will be one of full opportunity, of independence.  Our future will be one in which individuals with disabilities and their families are empowered where the threat of chronic poverty can be eliminated.  Our future will be an inclusive society.  There's no doubt about that, because I know that working together we can achieve that. Read more.

November 27, 2014

Media Advisory

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) wants to remind Canadians that having a disability must not mean a lifetime of living in poverty.  Key research findings and policy reform options will be presented in an open forum on Tuesday December 2nd at the Delta Ottawa Hotel.   The Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship forum runs from 9:30 until noon.  Ms. Christine Elliott MPP for Whitby-Oshawa will be our keynote speaker at 9:45AM.  Disability leaders and academic researchers will present their findings from 10:30 until noon. Read more.

November 19, 2014

MPP Christine Elliott to Address Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship Forum

MPP Christine Elliott will elaborate her vision of how to remove barriers and create a welcoming environment that empowers people with disabilities and their families. Read more.


March 23, 2012

Immigration and Disability

Canada has removed biases which prevented the immigration of some groups of people; it is now time that Canada removes discrimination on the ground of disability from the decision-making process in the immigration system.   Read more.

April 13, 2011

CCD Dismayed Family with a Disabled Child Ordered Deported

CCD calls upon the Minister of Immigration to allow the Barlagne family to remain in Canada on humanitarian grounds.Canadians with disabilities also call upon all political Parties to commit to an overhaul of Canada's immigration policy to remove the discriminatory practices that put the Barlagne family's immigration to Canada in jeopardy. Canada's immigration policy is based upon a negative and outdated understanding of disability that fails to recognize the contribution that people with disabilities can, and do, make.The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a human rights organization of people with disabilities, works for an inclusive and accessible Canada.
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January 20, 2011

None is Still Too Many: An Historical Exploration of Canadian Immigration Legislation As It Pertains to People with Disabilities

While trumpeting the values of diversity, Canada's current immigration practices exclude immigrants with disabilities who are deemed likely to place an "excessive demand" on health and social services. The ethics of these practices are challenged by Dr. Roy Hanes, Associate Professor of Social Work at Carleton University and a member of the CCD Social Policy Committee, in a paper titled "None is Still Too Many: An Historical Exploration of Canadian Immigration Legislation As It Pertains to People with Disabilities" that outlines the discriminatory trajectory of Canada's policy on immigrants with disabilities, from 1869 up until the 2001 passage of the Immigrant and Refugee Protection Act. The paper first appeared in Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, Volume 37 (Number 1 & 2), 2009. Read more.

January 14, 2011

Immigration Video

Marie White and Laurie Beachell explain how Canada’s immigration practices discriminate against people with disabilities and why this is an issue being addressed by CCD. Read more.

May 27, 2010

Immigration and Disability

CCD urges you to undertake a review of the excessive demand clause of the Immigration Act. Canadians with disabilities are insulted by Canada’s immigration law. Our current law belittles our contributions and reinforces the old stereotypes that people with disabilities will be a drain upon our society, not contributors to it. Read more.

Federal Elections

April 27, 2011

We Are Electors. We Are Women with Disabilities.

We are moms; we are caregivers; we experience spousal abuse; we are renters and home owners. We are also women with disabilities. Women with disabilities need to see themselves reflected in the election commitments of all Canada’s Federal Parties. DAWN-RAFH Canada and CCD are encouraging candidates running in the Federal Election to address the issues of women with disabilities. Read more.

April 26, 2011

What to Ask Federal Election Candidates about Women with Disability?

We are moms; we are caregivers; we experience spousal abuse; we are renters and home owners. We are also women with disabilities. Women with disabilities need to see themselves reflected in the election platforms of all Canada’s Federal Parties. Investment in women makes good economic sense because women are the major purchasers for their homes and families. The needs of women with disabilities do not change in response to economic trends. Because we usually live below the poverty line (or near it) 100% of our incomes are turned to local economies.

Acknowledgement: “What to Ask Federal Election Candidates about Women with Disability?” was developed collaboratively by DAWN/RAFH Canada and CCD.

DAWN-RAFH Canada is a national bilingual cross-disability organization for women with disabilities. Our mission is to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced by women with disabilities. 25 years in service to women with disabilities! 25 ans en services des femmes handicapees!
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April 14, 2011

Conservative Government Has Future-oriented Approach to Disability Issues

“CCD reminds the Conservative Party that Canadians with disabilities need a government prepared to address both present and future needs. We need measures focusing on disability-related supports, labour market participation, implementation of the CRPD, poverty eradication and full inclusion and accessibility,” stated Tony Dolan, CCD Chairperson. Read more.

April 13, 2011

NDP Take Page from Disability Community's Action Plan

In 2007, the disability community launched its own National Action Plan, which over 100 groups endorsed and the Plan called for action on disability supports, poverty alleviation, labour market participation, and access and inclusion. This February, the disability community presented Canada’s Federal Parties with a plan for implementing the CRPD. The NDP have responded by including these issues in their action plan for Canada—the 2011 NDP Platform. Read more.