Category: Press Releases


OTTAWA, ON – On June 22, a historic bill was tabled by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough in Canada’s Parliament. Bill C-35, An Act to reduce poverty and to support the financial security of persons with disabilities, will introduce a Canada Disability Benefit to address the high rates of poverty experienced by people with a disability.   … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Federal Budget 2021 – Some hope but there’s more work to be done

For Immediate ReleaseApril 20, 2021 OTTAWA, ON – People with intellectual disabilities and their families had high hopes for Federal Budget 2021. In last year’s Throne Speech, the government committed to address significant gaps in our social infrastructure by investing in disability inclusion across the lifespan. We were pleased to see that some investments in disability … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: New online hub offers free resources for inclusive hiring

For Immediate ReleaseApril 7, 2021 Toronto, ON – Inclusion Canada and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Association (CASDA) have launched “The Inclusive Workplace,” a free, bilingual online resource to support job seekers and employees who are on the autism spectrum or have an intellectual disability, businesses, and employment agencies.   “This holistic approach provides the resources and information needed … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Last chance for MPs to kill reckless and discriminatory Bill C-7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 22, 2021  OTTAWA, ON – Bill C-7 which expands medical assistance in dying (MAiD) is headed back to the House of Commons after the Senate passed it with amendments that would extend access to MAiD even further.  Three United Nations experts, every major disability rights organization in Canada and numerous medical and legal experts find … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: UN experts challenge Canada over human rights violations in Bill C-7

FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASEFebruary 9th, 2021 OTTAWA, ON – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, and the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights have sent a formal letter to the Canadian government identifying the human rights … Continued

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate to hear from witnesses about Bill C-7 amendments

SENATE TO HEAR FROM WITNESSES ABOUT AMENDMENTS TO MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING BILL (BILL C-7) OTTAWA, ON – The Senate of Canada will begin hearing witness testimony on Monday, February 1, 2021as it relates to Bill C-7, a Bill to amend Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation. The witnesses below are opposed to the government’s … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Inclusion Canada seeks priority access to COVID-19 vaccine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETUESDAY, JANUARY 19  Toronto, ON – Inclusion Canada joins the International Disability Alliance in calling on all levels of government to include people with developmental disabilities, their families and support staff as a priority withing the early vaccine rollout phases. Public health authorities and governments are starting to prioritize the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to people … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Disability advocates urge government to use court extension to rethink Bill C-7

For Immediate ReleaseThursday, December 17, 2020 TORONTO, ON – The Federal Government has been granted a further extension to the stay of invalidity in the Truchon decision, giving the government more time to review changes to the medical assistance in dying law before the court decision comes into effect. The Quebec Superior Court’s Truchon decision was not … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Bill C-7 headed to the Senate on Human Rights Day

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 11, 2020 OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian House of Commons has passed Bill C-7. The bill introduces medical assistance in dying as an option for people who are not nearing death, provided that they have a disability or disabling medical condition. Bill C-7 has been repeatedly flagged as a violation … Continued

Building inclusion into economic recovery: Supporting employment during COVID-19

The Employment Recovery Project is an initiative aimed at improving workplace inclusion for persons with an intellectual disability or autism through addressing critical hiring and support needs that have emerged in response to COVID-19. The Employment Recovery Project is delivered by Inclusion Canada (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) and … Continued