In September 2001, Council of Canadians with Disabilities raised the alarm about CCRA changes
Editor – Part of a series reporting the ten years of harassment of Canadians with disabilities by Canada Revenue Agency. This archived story from the CCD is dated 2001.It is the first public acknowledgment of the income tax problems to come as Canada Customs and Revenue tries to remove the DTC from thousands of Canadians with disabilities. Continue reading →
Scrapped mandatory census cuts even deeper for disability advocacy group
Laurie Beachell, national co-ordinator of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Council of Canadians with Disabilities – Statistics Canada’s Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) is the most important and comprehensive source of disability statistics in Canada and is seen as a best practice model internationally. CCD is concerned that Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has not yet committed funding for a PALS for the 2011 census.
It is crucial that PALS continue so that governments and community have the information and research needed to develop good policy and programs. It should be noted that upon ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Canada will be obligated to collect data on the socioeconomic status of persons with disabilities.
PALS and its predecessor HALS have been, and remain, extremely valuable survey tools. No other survey provides the range and depth of statistically reliable information about:
Is this the end of the era of charitable policies towards those with disabilities
Focus News – New York. Canada joined 81 other countries on Thursday in ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Xinhua informs.
“Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities and enabling their full participation in society,” Lawrence Cannon, the Canadian minister of foreign affairs, said after the ceremony with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon. “Ratification of this convention underscores the government of Canada’s strong commitment to this goal.” Continue reading →