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Submission – Brief to the Ontario Government on Necessary Revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard, 2016

March 15, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Introduction In this brief, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) jointly present concrete, workable, and much-needed revisions to strengthen the Customer Service Accessibility Standard. The Ontario Government can easily implement these

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Submission – ARCH’s Submission on the Proposed AODA Education Standard (2017)

July 13, 2017

ARCH’s submission on the initial consultation regarding the scope and mandate of the Standards Development Committee developing an Education Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. July 13, 2017 The Honourable Kathleen WynnePremier of OntarioLegislative Building Queen’s Park

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Annual Report

April 30, 2018

ARCH Annual Reports since 1997.

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Paper – Considerations for Effective Implementation and Enforcement of the Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation (2017)

This paper addresses an important legal issue ARCH recommended the Government to address as it developed the proposed federal accessibility legislation: ensuring effective implementation and enforcement of the proposed federal accessibility legislation. ARCH’s Considerations for Effective Implementation and Enforcement of the Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation were presented to government in its consultation process as it

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ARCH Submissions

February 11, 2019

ARCH’s submissions to Parliament on strengthening Bill C-81 (Accessible Canada Act)

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Resources

April 30, 2018

ARCH’s Resource collection includes articles, position papers, fact sheets, and continuing legal education materials developed by ARCH and our partners.

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Factsheet – What is the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)?

December 09, 2019

What is the AODA? The AODA is a law that aims to achieve a barrier free, or fully accessible, Ontario by 2025. The AODA asks obligated organizations to identify, remove and/or prevent barriers to full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society. The AODA states that barriers are anything that stops the full

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Submission – ARCH’s Submission on Third Independent Review of the AODA (2018)

September 28, 2018

ARCH’s submission on the Third Independent Review of the AODA. The recommendations here should be considered together with ARCH submissions to the past two Independent Reviews and ARCH submissions on the AODA standards. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Submission to the Honourable David C. Onley Third

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Submission – AODA Alliance and ARCH’s Joint Submission on the AODA Transportation Accessibility Standard (2017)

The AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre present concrete, workable, and much-needed revisions to strengthen Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard that was enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). This is the final joint submission with recommendations to Ontario’s Transportation Standards Development Committee for the Review of the Transportation Accessibility Standard

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Paper – Inclusive Education: Opportunities for Redesign, 2010

April 15, 2010

This paper was written for 2010 CAPSLE Conference in Calgary on Inclusive Education and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2010, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), affirming its commitment to inclusive education. In this paper, ARCH discusses universal design as

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Submission to Rich Donovan – 4th Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

May 26, 2023

Submission to Rich Donovan – 4th Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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Submission – ARCH’s Initial Recommendations for Review of the AODA Employment Accessibility Standard (2018)

July 27, 2018

ARCH’s submission on the Initial Recommendations for Review of the Employment Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page.

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Reports, Papers and Recommendations

February 11, 2019

Reports, Papers and Recommendations on Bill C-81, Accessible Canada Act.

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ARCH’s Recommendations for Strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act

October 19, 2018

Read ARCH’s recommendations for strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act.

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Amendments Needed to Strengthen Bill C-22 (the Canada Disability Benefit Act) – Statement in Principle

Amendments Needed to Strengthen Bill C-22 (the Canada Disability Benefit Act) – Statement in Principle

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Submission – ARCH’s Recommendations for Strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act (2018)

ARCH’s recommended amendments to ensure that Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, achieves its purpose and potential. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an Accessible Canada initiative. For more information about the initiative, go to: www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/initiatives/advocating-for-accessibility-in-canada PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. [Le français

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Write to your MPP about Ontario’s Triage Protocol

December 03, 2020

Background In March 2020, the Government created a Triage Protocol meant to guide doctors to make difficult decisions about which patients get critical health care during the pandemic. The Triage Protocol would apply if there were too many patients in the hospital and not enough critical care resources available. The Triage Protocol was given to

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Letter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regarding Triaging of Critical Care in Ontario

April 13, 2021

Letter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regarding Triaging of Critical Care in Ontario

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Letter: Follow Up to Expanding Health Card Renewal Services to Persons with Disabilities

We welcome the Government of Ontario’s recent announcement extending the deadline to renew health cards in light of the exigencies of the pandemic, and allowing those with Ontario Photo Cards the same opportunity to renew online as those with a driver’s license in the coming months. . However, it does not remedy the discrimination of persons with disabilities without a driver’s license or an Ontario Photo Card.

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Annual General Meeting

November 28, 2018

ARCH Annual General Meeting

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Submission to: Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)

November 10, 2022

Re: Bill C-22, An Act to reduce poverty and to support the financial security of persons with disabilities by establishing the Canada disability benefit and making a consequential amendment to the Income Tax Act November 8, 2022 Introduction ARCH makes this submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the

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ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Brief to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI)  Re: Bill C-22

ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Brief to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs,
Science and Technology (SOCI) Re: Bill C-22 – An Act to reduce poverty and to support the financial security of persons with disabilities by establishing the Canada disability benefit and making a consequential amendment to the Income Tax Act

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Paper – The Legal Rights and Challenges Faced by Persons with Chronic Disability Triggered by Environmental Factors

September 20, 2019

Report prepared by ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Canadian Environmental Law Association September 2019 Acknowledgements: ARCH and CELA gratefully acknowledge the following people in the preparation of this report. Authors: Dianne Wintermute, Lawyer (ARCH) and Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher and Paralegal (CELA) Legal and Research Assistants: Joshua Patlik and Erica Stahl We are particularly

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Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 98

May 09, 2023

Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 98

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ARCH Submissions Detailing its Position on the Inclusion of the Clinical Frailty Scale in Ontario’s Triage Protocol

September 01, 2020

Sent via email to COVIDUpdates@ontariohealth.ca September 1, 2020 Joint Centre for BioethicsUniversity of Toronto155 College Street, Suite 754Toronto, ON M5T 1P8Canada Dear Members of the Bioethics Table: Re: ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Submissions Regarding Ontario’s Triage Protocol Draft dated July 7, 2020 Following Meetings with Bioethics Table The within document is the written submission of

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ARCH Alert Volume 21, Issue 2

ARCH Alert Volume 19, Issue 4

ARCH Consultation on AODA Health Care Standard Recommendations

June 30, 2021

Dear Community Member, Recommendations on a new Health Care Standard under the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has been released for public consultation. You can find the Recommendations  here: Consultation: Initial recommendations for the development of health care accessibility standards If you want to respond directly to the government, there is a feedback

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ARCH and AODA Alliance submit Open Letter to government on the need for a non-discriminatory Clinical Triage Protocol

December 03, 2020

OPEN LETTER: Ontario’s COVID-19 Clinical Triage ProtocolDecember 3, 2020 To: Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of OntarioLegislative BuildingQueen’s ParkToronto, ON M7A 1A1Via email: premier@ontario.ca Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health of OntarioCollege Park 5th Floor,777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 2J3Via email: Christine.elliott@ontario.ca Hon. Raymond Sung Joon Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility

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Submission to the Health Care Standards Development Committee regarding its 2021 Initial Recommendations Report

October 15, 2021

ARCH made a submission to the Health Care Standards Development Committee regarding its 2021 Initial Recommendations Report. To review ARCH’s full Submission, download it below.

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ARCH Alert Volume 17, Issue 3

Accessible Practice: Practice tips for maintaining privilege and confidentiality for a client accompanied by a support person

November 09, 2018

Practice tips for maintaining privilege and confidentiality for a client accompanied by a support person

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Access the ARCH Alert of August 3, 2023

The latest ARCH Alert issue – Volume 24 – Issue 1 – August 3, 2023

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National AccessAbility Week Program 2022

National AccessAbility Week Program 2022

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ARCH Alert Volume 22, Issue 1

ARCH Alert Volume 21, Issue 3

ARCH Alert Volume 20, Issue 2

Submission – Canadian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Submission to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017)

March 20, 2017
Tags:CRPD

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights law which protects and promotes the rights of persons with disabilities. Canada ratified the CRPD in 2010. The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a group of independent experts who monitor the implementation of the CRPD.

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ARCH Alert Volume 24, Issue 1

ARCH Alert Volume 16, Issue 4

ARCH Alert Volume 23, Issue 1

Submission to the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee regarding the 2021 Initial Recommendations Report

November 02, 2021

ARCH made a submission to the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee regarding the 2021 Initial Recommendations Report. To review ARCH’s full Submission, download it below.

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ARCH Alert Volume 20, Issue 1

ARCH releases Final Report on the Accessible Canada Act

November 09, 2018

This report provides a legal analysis of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier free Canada. It incorporates feedback that ARCH received from persons with disabilities and disability organizations on the first draft of this report. A plain language summary is also provided. ARCH’s recommendations for strengthening Bill C-81 will be available shortly.

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Home

October 06, 2018

ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty legal clinic that practices exclusively in disability rights law.

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Paper – Legal Analysis of Accessible Canada Act – Final Report (2018)

This report provides a legal analysis of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier free Canada. It incorporates feedback that ARCH received from persons with disabilities and disability organizations on the first draft of this report. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an Accessible Canada initiative. For more information about the initiative,

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History

April 30, 2018

ARCH’s history, since its creation as part of the larger disability rights movement happening in Ontario and across Canada in the 1970’s…

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ARCH Alert Volume 18, Issue 1

ARCH Alert Volume 17, Issue 2

Case Summary and Analysis: Hejka v. The Regional Municipality of Durham, 2022 ONSC 2233

On April 12, 2022, the Divisional Court of Ontario released a seminal decision regarding the rights of persons with disabilities in accessing paratransit services. This decision is significant because it is a rare judicial pronouncement on how accessibility legislation must be interpreted and applied.  The Divisional Court decision made several important findings. First, it affirmed

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Focus: The Availability of Charter Remedies at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

February 15, 2019

About the jurisdiction to decide questions of law related to the decisions within HRTO’s mandate and to grant Charter remedies in relation to issues arising in the course of their decisions.

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NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Six Bio-Ethicists on Ontario Government’s “Bioethics Table” Confirm Ongoing Concerns Raised by Disability Organizations regarding the Discriminatory and Secret Plans for the Triaging of Critical Care

April 19, 2021

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AllianceARCH Disability Law Centre April 19, 2021 – Serious objections that have been raised by disability groups for over one year regarding Ontario’s plans for triaging life-saving critical care have been validated and echoed by a number of the very individuals that were advising the Ontario Government on it.

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Submissions and Recommendations Regarding Ontario’s Triage Protocol Draft dated July 7, 2020

July 20, 2020

Sent via email to COVIDUpdates@ontariohealth.ca July 20, 2020 Joint Centre for BioethicsUniversity of Toronto155 College Street, Suite 754Toronto, ON M5T 1P8Canada Dear Ms. Gibson and Mr. Smith: Re: ARCH Disability Law Centre Submissions and Recommendations Regarding Ontario’s Triage Protocol Draft dated July 7, 2020 The within document is the written submission of ARCH Disability Law

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Access to Education for Students with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Crisis

July 03, 2020

ARCH Disability Law Centre  Submission to Ontario Ministry of Education Regarding Access to Education for Students with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Crisis To: Hon. Stephen Lecce, Minister of EducationSent via email: EDU.consultation@Ontario.ca July 3, 2020 I) Introduction In March 2020, Ontario schools closed indefinitely as part of a response to the COVID-19 pandemic with an

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Focus: The Law of Service Animals in Ontario

July 13, 2018

About the legislation in Ontario that specifically addresses rights and restrictions for persons who use service animals.

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For Immediate Release – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, ARCH Disability Law Centre

December 03, 2020

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 64 Organizations Call for Immediate Action to ensure all Patients including those with Disabilities will Not be Discriminated Against if COVID Surge Requires Rationing of Critical Medical Care December 3, 2020 Toronto: Today, to mark the International Day of Persons with

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News Release – Landmark Decision for Equal Access Won by ARCH Disability Law Centre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Landmark Decision for Equal Access Won by ARCH Disability Law Centre  (Toronto, Ont. April 22, 2022) On April 12, 2022, the Divisional Court released a decision in Hejka v. The Regional Municipality of Durham, 2022 ONSC 2233. This case involved access to accessible transportation services following the implementation of the Accessibility for

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Update: Senate Committee Adopts Amendments which Strengthen Bill C-81- Accessible Canada Act

Follow Bill C-81’s journey through the legislative process towards An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada. Find out what’s next after the Senate’s amendments to this Bill.

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Letter from the Executive Director: National AccessAbility Week

May 28, 2018

As we celebrate National AccessAbility Week 2018, ARCH Executive Director invites you to join us in this week’s events and in promoting an inclusive society that is accessible to all and which promotes the full participation of all persons.

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Bill C-22 (Canada Disability Benefit)

Tell the Senate to Pass a Stronger Bill C-22! Send them a message.

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Access Awareness

February 01, 2022

Annual Access Awareness event co-hosted by ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Ontario, Equity Initiatives Department.

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“What you need to Know: Critical Care During the Pandemic and Ontario’s Triage Protocol” – Webinar Recording and Action Tools

April 27, 2021

“What you need to Know: Critical Care During the Pandemic and Ontario’s Triage Protocol” – Webinar Recording and Action Tools

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Press Release – ARCH Disability Law Centre welcomes the passage of the Accessible Canada Act

May 30, 2019

Press Release on the passage of the Accessible Canada Act.

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COVID-19 Open Letters

August 02, 2022

February 18, 2021 Open Letter Regarding Vaccines for Disabled Canadians with Chronic Medical Conditions December 3, 2020 ARCH and AODA Alliance submit Open Letter to government on the need for a non-discriminatory Clinical Triage Protocol. October 2, 2020 ARCH signed open letter led by TB-Net drawing attention to COVID disruptions and urging UN to schedule

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COVID-19 Media

August 02, 2022

September 21, 2021 TVO: “In Ontario group homes, who counts as an essential visitor — and who should? May 6, 2021 Press Progress: “Disability Groups Say Ontario Government Did Not Consult Them on Life and Death COVID-19 ‘Triage’ Decisions April 21, 2021 QP Briefing: “Solicitor General brushes off disability advocate concerns about Triage Protocol April 19,

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COVID-19 Other

August 02, 2022

April 15, 2020 ARCH co-hosts ‘What’s Up Wednesdays’ – a plain language forum for persons with disabilities to discuss COVID-19 related barriers. April 7, 2020 ARCH and other experts speak at virtual public forum on disability and COVID-19 issues hosted by the AODA Alliance and the Ontario Autism Coalition. March 27, 2020 ARCH’s blog post

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COVID-19 Education

August 02, 2022

August 21, 2020 ARCH speaks on webinar hosted by AODA Alliance and OAC regarding return to school concerns during the pandemic and students with disabilities July 3, 2020 ARCH Disability Law Centre Submission to Ontario Ministry of Education Regarding Access to Education for Students with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Crisis

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COVID-19 Health Care

August 02, 2022

February 14, 2022 Letter: Follow Up to Expanding Health Card Renewal Services to Persons with Disabilities January 26, 2022 Letter: Expanding Health Card Renewal Services to Persons with Disabilities October 22, 2021 Letter to Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health of Ontario September 22, 2021 Letter to College of Physicians and Surgeons

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ARCH and IAO Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Eaton Decision

April 29, 2022

ARCH and IAO Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Eaton Decision March 29, 2022 ARCH Disability Law Centre and Inclusion Action in Ontario (IAO) hosted an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Eaton v. Brant County Board of Education. The two panels discussed the Eaton case, the current state of the law regarding inclusive education, and perspectives

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Submission – Open Letter: Ontario’s COVID-19 Triage Protocol

April 08, 2020

April 8, 2020 Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of OntarioLegislative BuildingQueen’s ParkToronto, ON M7A 1A1 Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health of OntarioCollege Park 5th Floor, 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 2J3 Hon. Raymond Sung Joon Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility of OntarioMinistry for Seniors and AccessibilityCollege Park, 5th Floor777 Bay Street,

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Updates

Follow Bill C-81’s journey through the legislative process and ARCH’s advocacy work towards An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada.

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Open Letters

February 11, 2019

Open Letters submitted by disability communities across Canada to support Bill C-81’s journey through the legislative process.

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Disability groups from across Canada write open letter to government calling for improvements to Bill C-81-Accessible Canada Act

January 07, 2019

[Le français suit] Open Letter Regarding the Need to Strengthen Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act October 30, 2018 Dear Minister Qualtrough and HUMA Committee Members: We the undersigned commend the Federal Government for committing to enact national accessibility legislation. As provincial and national disability rights organizations, we write to express significant concerns regarding Bill

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Test Case Litigation

April 29, 2018

Test case litigation

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What Amendments Should the Senate of Canada Make to Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act? — A Discussion Paper

February 03, 2023

What Amendments Should the Senate of Canada Make to Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act? — A Discussion Paper

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ARCH Disability Law Centre Statement on Need for Transparency and Ongoing Concern with Discriminatory Measures to Address ICU Capacity

April 08, 2021

ARCH Disability Law Centre Statement on Need for Transparency and Ongoing Concern with Discriminatory Measures to Address ICU Capacity

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