March 1, 2024

Inclusion Canada was saddened to learn of the passing of Canada’s 18th Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Brian Mulroney.

Mr. Mulroney leaves behind a legacy of numerous accomplishments, many of which will be thoroughly examined and discussed in the coming days to honour his significant contributions to our nation’s development. Amidst these discussions, we reflect on his less widely recognized efforts in advancing the rights and equality of individuals with disabilities.

Mr. Mulroney’s government played a pivotal role in supporting our organization’s initiatives, particularly in the realm of deinstitutionalization. Their funding bolstered our endeavors to close archaic institutions that confined persons with intellectual disabilities, and to promote inclusive housing within community. Additionally, in 1986, the Mulroney administration introduced the Employment Equity Act, aimed at rectifying workplace inequalities for persons with disabilities, as well as women, Indigenous peoples, and visible minorities.

Under his leadership, the House of Commons established the Standing Committee on the Status of Disabled Persons. In 1987, the Mulroney government enhanced accessibility standards for individuals with disabilities in national transportation through amendments to the National Transportation Act (now the Canada Transportation Act) in collaboration with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. Moreover, in 1991, his government announced a five-year National Strategy for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, a comprehensive cross-government initiative to bring persons with disabilities into the social and economic mainstream.

Mr. Mulroney also championed the Convention on the Rights of the Child and actively supported its international implementation efforts.

“At this time, we offer our sincerest condolences to Mr. Mulroney’s family. We thank him for his service and invaluable initiatives and public policies that have led to a foundation for a more inclusive life for people with disabilities,” said Moira Wilson, President of Inclusion Canada.


About Inclusion Canada

Inclusion Canada is a nationwide community that champions the rights and inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families, allies, and local associations across Canada. The organization is committed to creating an inclusive Canada where everyone, regardless of intellectual capability, is valued and fully engaged in community life.