International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Raise our voices for change

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On December 3, we have an opportunity to not only reflect on the discrimination faced by people with disabilities but also to renew our commitment to fight for inclusion and equity.

Today in Canada, people with disabilities face discrimination, unemployment and underemployment, high rates of poverty, and barriers to accessing many services. Workers with disabilities often have trouble receiving proper accommodation and face barriers to hiring and promotion.

Internationally recognized rights

In 2006, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention calls for the full integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of our communities and workplaces.

Canada has ratified the CRPD but not implemented the measures stated in the Convention.

New disability and accessibility legislation

We have an opportunity to raise our voices in support of change. The federal government is seeking public input regarding new accessibility legislation affecting people with disabilities in Canada.

According to the government, the legislation seeks “to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.”

Have your say

PSAC is encouraging its members with disabilities to participate in the government’s consultation. This is an important opportunity to provide input based on your experiences. The deadline is February 28, 2017.

You can submit your ideas:

  • Using the online questionnaire
  • By mail through handwritten, video or audio submissions
  • By email
  • In person by attending a public session

For more details visit the government’s website.



December 3, 2016