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Category: Press Releases

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

11th Annual Federal Policy Forum for Inclusion

PRESS RELEASE: Equal access to justice for women with intellectual disabilities before SCC

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 5th, 2020  OTTAWA, ON  – On Friday, November 6, Inclusion Canada will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in R v. Slatter, in a critical case which raises the importance of access to justice for women and girls with disabilities in Canada.  Across the country, women and girls … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Inclusion Canada Applauds Government Commitment to Disability Inclusion Plan

For Immediate ReleaseThursday, September 24, 2020 TORONTO, ON – Inclusion Canada applauds the government’s commitment to introduce a Disability Inclusion Plan as detailed in yesterday’s Speech from the Throne. Inclusion Canada and our national disability partners have long championed a national action plan as essential to an inclusive life in Canada for people with an … Continued

Understanding the COVID-19 one-time payment for people with disabilities

On July 17, 2020 the Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment for people with disabilities. The payment is meant to help with the extra costs people with disabilities are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment is expected to be sent to people sometime this Fall, but no specific date has been announced.  Am … Continued

Overlooked again: Residential visiting policies & people with developmental disabilities

There has been lots of discussion over the past few months about the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations. Seniors living in congregate settings like long-term care homes have received particular attention. When the pandemic began many of these residential settings introduced strict lockdowns, restricting families from visiting their loved ones in an effort to … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Parliament finally agrees to provide COVID-19 financial relief to people with disabilities

For Immediate ReleaseJuly 21, 2020 TORONTO, ON – Today, Members of Parliament put their differences aside and voted in favour of a one time tax free, non-reportable payment of $600 to people with disabilities and their families as the face new costs and navigate challenges due to COVID-19. Political negotiations between the federal parties on scope of coverage, and … Continued