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PRESS RELEASE: “New Brunswick Makes History with Supported Decision-Making and Representation Act”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, December 16th, 2022 FREDERICTON, NB – Inclusion Canada and Inclusion New Brunswick are celebrating the passage of a historic new law, the Supported Decision-Making and Representation Act, which received Royal Assent today. This transformative law will empower people with intellectual disabilities to make their own decisions through supported decision making.  New Brunswick is now one of … Continued

Highlights from the 13th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion

On November 28, 2022, Inclusion Canada and People First of Canada hosted their 13th federal policy forum on inclusion. This year’s event was called Demanding Better: How the Disability Inclusion Action Plan could change the lives of people with an intellectual/developmental disability. The full day event explored the 4 pillars of Canada’s Disability Inclusion Action … Continued

December 1 is World AIDS Day

by Natalia Hicks, Director of Community Justice & Health Equity, Inclusion Canada December 1st is World AIDS Day. The theme for 2022 is “Equalize.”  As the Director of Community Justice and Health Equity at Inclusion Canada, I have been participating in Realize’s National Guiding Circle on HIV and Disability. The Guiding Circle is a cross … Continued

Statement on Mischaracterization of Inclusion Canada

Recently, Inclusion Canada has been mis-characterized as anti-choice and as a religious organization.  Inclusion Canada has accredited status as a Disabled Persons Organization or DPO. Disabled Persons Organizations are representative organizations. The majority of our board are people with intellectual disabilities and the family members of people with intellectual disabilities. These are the people who … Continued

Mental Illness & MAiD – What you need to know

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week!  Have you had trouble finding mental health care that you can afford?  Have you found it hard to find a therapist who is a good fit?  Have you had health care providers brush off concerns about your mental health? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, … Continued


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, September 20, 2022 OTTAWA, ON – On September 20 Members of Parliament return to the House of Commons to begin debate on the Second Reading of Bill C-22, An Act to reduce poverty and to support the financial security of persons with disabilities by establishing the Canada disability benefit. This historic legislation aims to … Continued

MAiD Infographic

Making the Employment Equity Act review work for you

Only 6% of survey respondents agreed that the Employment Equity Act has made a big difference in people with an intellectual disability getting and keeping good jobs. The Employment Equity Act is a law that aims to make jobs opportunities and workplaces fairer. It focuses on people with disabilities, women, indigenous people, and members of … Continued


Toronto, ON – Inclusion Canada is following the case of Brent Gabona, who today appears before the Saskatchewan Provincial Court. Gabona is accused of sexually assaulting multiple people with intellectual disabilities, including Darryl Boguski, over a 17 year period while employed at Shepherd’s Villa, a Saskatchewan group home where the individuals lived. “We expect nothing … Continued

The Fight Continues: The Potential Expansion of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying Legislation

On March 17, 2021, the lives of people with disabilities in Canada changed forever, when Canada made it legal to receive Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) based on disability. MAiD on the basis of disability continues to be a leading topic for debate in Canada as the Special Joint Committee on MAiD reviews the recent … Continued