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Letter to Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health of Ontario

October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021 Sent via email to [email protected] Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health of OntarioCollege Park 5th Floor,777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 2J3 Dear Hon. Deputy Premier and Minister Elliot: Re: Proof of Vaccination requirements I am writing on behalf of ARCH Disability Law Centre to express urgent concern about…Read More

Letter to College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regarding Vaccine Passport Exemptions

September 22, 2021

Letter to College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regarding Vaccine Passport Exemptions…Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Coalition of Specialty Community Legal Clinics Granted Intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in case about Public Interest Standing and Access to Justice

August 20, 2021

Toronto, ON – August 20, 2021 – The Coalition of Speciality Community Legal Clinics (made up of Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH), the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Chinese Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC), HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO))…Read More

ARCH Statement: Calling for Action as Ontario’s Chief Forensic Pathologist Confirms Cause of Soleiman Faqiri’s Death

August 20, 2021

August 20, 2021 Soleiman Faqiri was killed on December 15, 2016 while in a segregated cell at the Central East Correctional Centre awaiting to be transferred to the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health in Whitby. In August 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) decided not to lay charges against the correctional officers involved in…Read More

Reminder: Survey about disability-related barriers to COVID-19 vaccines across Canada

August 12, 2021

Survey about disability-related barriers to COVID-19 vaccines across Canada…Read More

ARCH Staff co-authored article on Social Isolation during COVID-19 in the Qualitative Social Work Journal

August 05, 2021

ARCH Staff co-authored article on Social Isolation during COVID-19 in the Qualitative Social Work Journal…Read More

Access the ARCH Alert of July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021

Access the ARCH Alert of July 28, 2021…Read More

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…Read More

For Immediate Release – Launch of survey about disability-related barriers to COVID-19 vaccines across Canada

June 28, 2021

June 22, 2021 – In May of 2020, Independent Living Canada (ILC) released its findings from a survey about COVID-19 conducted with people with disabilities, staff, and volunteers of the 24 Independent Living Centres across Canada. Overall, people with disabilities surveyed were very concerned about the health threat that COVID-19 posed and were fearful of…Read More

RESPECTING RIGHTS – Statement to CRPD Committee Consultation on Deinstitutionalization

RESPECTING RIGHTS - Statement to CRPD Committee Consultation on Deinstitutionalization…Read More

Meaningful Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Regulation Making

June 01, 2021

Aussi disponible en francais. This report presents research findings about barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from participating in processes to develop new regulations. The report analyzes these barriers in the context of legal requirements in the Accessible Canada Act, Canadian human rights jurisprudence and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The…Read More

National AccessAbility Week 2021

National AccessAbility Week 2021 - Advocacy strategies for persons with disabilities during COVID-19…Read More

ARCH lawyer interviewed about the lack of consultation and transparency from Ministry of Health on the Triage Protocol

May 12, 2021

ARCH lawyer interviewed for article - Ontario Government Did Not Consult Them on Life and Death COVID-19 ‘Triage’ Decisions…Read More

“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…Read More

ARCH lawyer interviewed for an article on the concerns about Triage Protocol

April 23, 2021

ARCH lawyer interviewed for an article on the concerns about Triage Protocol…Read More

ARCH lawyers interviewed for Law Times article about privacy, rights of workers with disabilities at issue in commercial dispute over alleged negligence

April 20, 2021

ARCH lawyers interviewed for Law Times article about privacy, rights of workers with disabilities at issue in commercial dispute over alleged negligence…Read More

ARCH lawyer discussed the important disability rights case recently decided by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on a live audio show.

April 20, 2021

AMI Audio - ARCH lawyer, Jessica De Marinis, discussing the important disability rights case recently decided by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.…Read More

COVID-19 Factsheet – Accessing Critical Care in Hospitals during the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Factsheet - Accessing Critical Care in Hospitals during the COVID-19 Pandemic…Read More

ARCH lawyer, interviewed by Meagan Gillmore for the show “NOW with Dave Brown” on AMI Audio discussing concerns about the Community Care Act.

April 19, 2021

ARCH lawyer, interviewed by Meagan Gillmore for the show “NOW with Dave Brown” on AMI Audio discussing concerns about the Community Care Act. …Read More

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.…Read More

Upcoming Webinar – What You Need to Know: Critical Care During the Pandemic and Ontario’s Triage Protocol

April 16, 2021

Webinar: What You Need to Know: Critical Care During the Pandemic and Ontario's Triage Protocol…Read More

ARCH lawyer, guest speaker on CNIB Podcast on Built Environments

ARCH lawyer, guest speaker on CNIB Podcast on Built Environments…Read More

ARCH Disability Law Centre Supports Call for Ontario Government to Clarify the Status of the Triage Protocol

April 15, 2021

ARCH Disability Law Centre Supports Call for Ontario Government to Clarify the Status of the Triage Protocol…Read More

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…Read More

For Immediate Release: Ontario Superior Court Dismisses Appeal Seeking Disclosure of Employment Records of Non-Party with a Disability

April 13, 2021

For Immediate Release: Ontario Superior Court Dismisses Appeal Seeking Disclosure of Employment Records of Non-Party with a Disability…Read More

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

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

Connecting People to Home and Community Care: Survey Results

ARCH update following the completion of focus groups discussing the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act and future Regulations.…Read More

ARCH’s Summary on Government of Canada’s Draft Accessible Canada Regulations

ARCH's Summary on Government of Canada’s Consultation on Draft Accessible Canada Regulations…Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario finds that Visitor Restriction Policy Discriminated Against Child with Disabilities

March 23, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario finds that Visitor Restriction Policy Discriminated Against Child with Disabilities…Read More

ARCH Statement on Reported Barriers to Vaccines

March 19, 2021

Despite “Adult Chronic Home Care Recipients” being identified in Phase 1 of Ontario’s vaccine plan, it has been reported to ARCH that eligible persons with disabilities have had little to no success in accessing vaccines across the Province. Many regional health authorities are only vaccinating on an age-basis eligibility. Further, the provincial online vaccine booking system is only open to persons over 80 years of age. …Read More

ARCH’s Summary of CTA’s Accessible Transportation Planning and Reporting Regulations

March 16, 2021

ARCH’s Summary of CTA’s Accessible Transportation Planning and Reporting Regulations…Read More

ARCH lawyer, guest speaker on CNIB Podcast on Transportation

March 15, 2021

ARCH lawyer, guest speaker on CNIB Podcast on Transportation…Read More

Letter to Minister of Health regarding vaccination roll out

March 12, 2021

February 25, 2021 Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health [email protected] We are writing to obtain further clarity regarding the recent updates published by the Ontario Government to expand eligibility criteria for individuals during Phase I and II of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The Ontario Government now includes the following groups in its Phase I and…Read More

ARCH’s Summary of CRTC’s Accessibility Reporting Regulations

ARCH's Summary of CRTC's Accessibility Reporting Regulations…Read More

ARCH Disability Law Centre Statement on Ontario Government’s recent release of new information about Vaccine Distribution

February 24, 2021

ARCH's Statement on Ontario Government’s recent release of new information about Vaccine Distribution…Read More

Learn about Accessible Canada Act draft regulations and how to give your input

The Government of Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the CRTC are asking for feedback on 3 Accessible Canada Act draft regulations. ARCH Disability Law Centre is holding virtual webinars to give people with disabilities, disabled persons organization and disability organizations more information. …Read More

CRWDP tool now available

February 22, 2021

Canadian Work Disability Accommodation Law Resources Digital Portal is now avaialble. It is a centralized resource of disability employment human rights literature for researchers, community members, and practitioners. …Read More

Open Letter Regarding Vaccines for Disabled Canadians with Chronic Medical Conditions

February 22, 2021

https://www.include-me.ca/covid-19/blog/2021/02/open-letter-regarding-vaccines-disabled-canadians-chronic-medical-conditions…Read More

Consultations happening on 2 Accessible Canada Act regulations

February 19, 2021

Regulations about accessibility plans, reports and how new accessibility rules will be enforced – for more go to: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2021/2021-02-13/html/reg2-eng.html Regulations about accessibility plans and reports that federal transportation providers have to create – for more go to: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2021/2021-02-13/html/reg1-eng.html  Both consultations close on April 18, 2021 ARCH will host meetings about 2 Accessible Canada Act regulations…Read More

ARCH Disability Law Centre Statement on the Potential Suspension of the Health Care Consent Act

January 28, 2021

January 28, 2021 ARCH Disability Law Centre is alarmed to learn that the Ontario Critical Command Centre is seeking an Executive Order to suspend certain provisions of the Health Care Consent Act (HCCA). Currently, the HCCA requires doctors to get the consent of a patient, or if the patient is not able to consent, the…Read More

Bill of Rights Focus Groups

January 22, 2021

ARCH Disability Law Centre and Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO) is holding focus groups to get your input into the Attendant Services Bill of Rights and current issues that affect consumers of attendant services. You can choose to participate in 1 of 2 focus groups taking place on February 10th – afternoon or evening.…Read More

ARCH Statement on Doctors Operating Outside of the HCCA Framework

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021 – On January 13, 2021 the latest version of a Triage Protocol was circulated to all Ontario Hospitals. Despite repeated demands by ARCH and other disability organizations to make the Protocol public, the government has chosen to circulate the document secretly demonstrating a continued failure to be transparent. ARCH managed to secure…Read More

Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario – The documentary – For learning and teaching

December 17, 2020

The documentary Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario, reveals over thirty years of eugenics education, including courses taught at the post-secondary level in central Canada, and highlights the efforts and stories of members of affected communities and the people who continue to work to foster social justice, including responding to Canada’s Truth…Read More

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…Read More

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…Read More

ARCH supports the International Disability Alliance’s call for persons with disabilities to be prioritized in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations.

December 02, 2020

The International Disability Alliance (IDA) has called upon governments and health care systems around the world to include persons with disabilities and support networks of their choice for priority access to COVID-19 vaccinations. To read the IDA’s statement go to: https://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/content/covid-19-and-disability-movement The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides that people with disabilities…Read More

Barrier Free Saskatchewan’s Media Release on the 10th Anniversary of the Jodhan v Canada decision.

November 30, 2020

Barrier Free Saskatchewan MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release                                           Monday, November 30, 2020 BLIND CANADIANS APPLAUD DECISION IN LANDMARK WEBSITE ACCESS CASEMonday, November 29, 2010 “Back in 2010 Blind persons all across Canada joined in celebrating the landmark decision in Donna Jodhan’s victory in her Charter of Rights case against the federal government for its failure…Read More

Article published in the Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy co-authored by ARCH examines the outdated framework that continues to exist in Ontario which creates ongoing barriers for students with disabilities in accessing inclusive education.

November 30, 2020

A Relic of the Past: Identification, Placement and Review Committees in Ontario’s Education System To access the paper, go here: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cjeap/article/view/69850…Read More

ARCH Submission on HRTO’s Digital First Strategy

November 30, 2020

ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Comments on the Use of Electronic Proceedings at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resource/archs-submission-on-hrtos-digital-first-strategy/…Read More

ARCH’s Submission to the Senate on Bill C-7 – Medical Assistance in Dying

November 27, 2020

The Senate is hearing testimony about Bill C-7, a proposed law that would expand eligibility for medical assistance in dying to people with grievous and irremediable medical conditions whose death is not reasonably foreseeable. To read ARCH’s submission to the Senate go to: https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resource/submission-to-the-senate-on-bill-c-7-medical-assistance-in-dying/For information about Bill C-7 go to: https://lop.parl.ca/sites/PublicWebsite/default/en_CA/ResearchPublications/LegislativeSummaries/432C7ETo read submissions that were…Read More

Supreme Court unanimously allows appeal in R v Slatter

November 12, 2020

On November 6, 2020 the Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal in R v Slatter stating: “We would simply underline that when assessing the credibility and reliability of testimony given by an individual who has an intellectual or developmental disability, courts should be wary of preferring expert evidence that attributes general characteristics to that individual,…Read More

Supreme Court decision underscores substantive equality for women with disabilities

November 06, 2020

Nov 6 2020: At today’s hearing the Supreme Court allowed the appeal in R v Slatter. In its reasons the Court recognized that over-reliance on generalizations about women with disabilities can perpetuate harmful myths and stereotypes, creating barriers to justice. When assessing a witness’s evidence, the focus must be on the individual’s actual capacities, rather…Read More

Nov 6 – 9:30AM ET: Watch/listen live to LEAF-DAWN-ARCH intervene in Supreme Court case R v Slatter

November 05, 2020

In coalition with Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN), ARCH is going to the Supreme Court to advocate for better access to justice for women labelled with intellectual disabilities who are complainants in sexual assault cases. Our intervention in R v Slatter will be argued at the…Read More

Respecting Rights – My Voice, My Choice – Final Evaluation Report, August 2020

November 04, 2020

Respecting Rights – My Voice, My Choice - Final Evaluation Report, August 2020…Read More

Family of ARCH’s past client taking on a 42km marathon fundraiser

October 27, 2020

Family of ARCH’s past client taking on a 42km marathon fundraiser…Read More

ARCH honoured with Pat Worth Award!

October 19, 2020

On October 17, 2020, People First of Canada presented ARCH with the Pat Worth Award. ARCH is so honoured and grateful for this prestigious and humbling recognition. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Inclusion Movement in Canada.…Read More

Survey on Proposed Regulations under the Connecting People with Home and Community Care Act

October 16, 2020

ARCH wants input from persons with disabilities who use attendant services. By completing this survey, you will provide us with important information and concerns about any regulations that the government proposes to fill in details about attendant services under the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act. Survey deadline is October 30, 2020.…Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Grants Applicant’s Request to Expedite Case about Visitation Ban at Empower Simcoe’s Group Home

August 18, 2020

This Press Release is about a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to expedite an application that challenges the implementation of visitation ban at a group home.…Read More

ARCH Statement on decision to not lay charges in death of Soleiman Faqiri

August 12, 2020

This is a statement about the Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) decision not to lay charges against the correctional officers involved in the death of Soleiman Faqiri at the Central East Correctional Centre.…Read More

Demand for Independent Investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

August 10, 2020

This is a joint letter with Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), demanding an independent investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and raising concern about the disproportionate violence, discrimination, and death that persons with mental health disabilities are subjected to at the hands of police across Ontario.…Read More

Submissions on Proposed Regulations under the Connecting Care Act

These submissions reflect a general legal analysis of the proposed Regulations under the Connecting Care Act in their current draft form, and provide recommendations for changes or clarifications before the Regulations are posted for public comment and consultation.…Read More

For Immediate Release – ARCH delivers Submissions and Recommendations for Ontario’s Triage Protocol Draft dated July 7, 2020

July 20, 2020

This Press Release informs about ARCH's Submissions and Recommendations Regarding Ontario’s Triage Protocol Draft dated July 7, 2020.…Read More

Update on Proposed Regulations Under Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020

This update provides information about the government consultation on the proposed Regulations under Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020.…Read More

ARCH Board of Directors endorses BLAC’s Statement on Policing and Anti-Black Racism

July 16, 2020

ARCH Board of Directors proudly pass a motion to fully endorse the June 25, 2020 Statement and Demands by the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) on Policing and Anti-Black Racism.…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Bill 175 Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020 May Soon Become Law

June 30, 2020

This bulletin provides information on Bill 175 - Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020.…Read More

Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians – Living with Long-Term Conditions or Disabilities During the Pandemic: Share your perspective

June 24, 2020

Invitation from Statistics Canada to participate in a crowdsourcing initiative to collect data on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people who live with long-term conditions or disabilities.…Read More

ARCH Statement on Deaths of Persons with Mental Health Disabilities by Police

June 23, 2020

ARCH’s statement on the deaths of persons with mental health disabilities as a result of interactions with police officers.…Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mother of 14 Year-Old Child with Disability files Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Application against Empower Simcoe for Implementing Visitation Ban

June 19, 2020

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario application against Empower Simcoe, agency that operates a group home for children, for implementing visitation ban.…Read More

Update on Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 19, 2020

This Advocacy Toolkit provides legal information and advocacy tips to people with disabilities who need their support person, attendant or communication assistant to be with them in hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: June 15: Province issues Recommendations to Allow Visitors in Hospitals, but Fails to Address Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June 18, 2020

This bulletin focuses on the memo issued by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, recommending hospitals to revise their essential visitor policies, and considers the discriminatory impact that hospital visitation ban policies have on some persons with disabilities.…Read More

Submissions on Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020

June 17, 2020

Throughout these submissions, ARCH has highlighted underlying trends in the home and community services sector that must be addressed by Bill 175, and made recommendations to help create a more comprehensive legal framework for persons with disabilities who use home and community services.…Read More

Intervention submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

June 12, 2020

This submission was provided to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to intervene in its proceeding "Call for Comments – Regulations to be made under the Accessible Canada Act"…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is Open for Business

May 15, 2020

This Bulletin contains information about the ADP re-opening and its application process.…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Ontario Health’s Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic

May 14, 2020

This Bulletin outlines developments regarding ARCH’s advocacy work on the Ontario Health’s Clinical Triage Protocol issue, and summarizes what ARCH asks the Government in its latest letter.…Read More

Inclusion Without Assimilation: Responding to Disability Legislation in Canada

May 12, 2020

Virtual engagement session for feedback on how the Accessible Canada Act can respond to the unique needs of Indigenous women and gender diverse people with physical, cognitive, visual, sensory, or hearing-related impairments.…Read More

Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 07, 2020

ARCH has a new Advocacy Toolkit pertaining to COVID-19 on our website: Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic Go to Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During…Read More

Press Release – Government Response indicates Ontario Health is Engaging in Consultation with Human Rights and Key Community Experts on the Triage Protocol

April 22, 2020

TORONTO, April 22, 2020 – An open letter from the Ontario Government was delivered to various recipients, including ARCH Disability Law Centre, on April 21, 2020.  The letter, which is undated, appears to be a response to the grave concerns raised by major disability organizations in regards to the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge…Read More

Press Release – Open Letter from Major Disability Organizations Calling on the Ontario Government to Ensure Persons are not Deprioritized from Accessing Critical Care Because of their Disability

April 08, 2020

TORONTO, April 8, 2020 – An open letter to the Ontario Government from over 200 disability and community organizations and over 4,800 individuals raises grave concerns about the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic (Ontario Health), dated March 28, 2020, because it threatens to deprioritize access to critical care to some patients…Read More

COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada – March 24, 2020

March 25, 2020

Letter calling on the Government of Canada to recognize the unique vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities and their families during COVID-19.…Read More

ARCH Webinars on Rights Regarding Attendant Services

December 20, 2019

ARCH is offering webinars on your rights regarding attendant services.…Read More

ARCH and CILT’s workshop on Attendant Services + Legal Clinic

December 19, 2019

Invite to workshop, legal advice and information to persons with disabilities on Attendant/PSW services issues.…Read More

Press Release – ARCH launches OP Lab: Learning, Sharing, Actioning!

December 03, 2019

Launch of the OP Lab, a project that offers the opportunity to learn more about the Optional Protocol and form a Canada-wide network engaged in advancing the CRPD!…Read More

ARCH is currently working on our website translation

November 13, 2019

Notice: ARCH is currently working on the French translation of our website. …Read More

ARCH Annual General Meeting

August 27, 2019

ARCH 2019 Annual General Meeting with panel presentation by Disability Organizations…Read More

CNIB and ARCH present: Serving Clients with Disabilities & Advocating for an Accessible Ontario

Continuing Professional Development lecture and group discussions with practical scenarios. This program is accredited by the Law Society of Ontario for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professionalism Hours (EDI Hours).…Read More

Do the Rights Thing: Call for Participants!

Call for participants in a focus group aimed at better understanding how women who are Deaf and/or have a disability access services, with a specific focus on equity training.…Read More

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 11, 2019

In solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across Canada, and in the spirit of the journey to Reconciliation, ARCH Disability Law Centre celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day.…Read More

National AccessAbility Week Program

May 15, 2019

ARCH and Law Society Ontario joint Program for 2019 National AccessAbility Week.…Read More

Open Letter on the Need to Swiftly Pass All Senate Amendments to Bill C-81- Accessible Canada Act

May 10, 2019

Open Letter on the Need to Swiftly Pass All Senate Amendments to Bill C-81- Accessible Canada Act…Read More

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

May 08, 2019

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. …Read More

Invitation to Focus Group

March 25, 2019

FOCUS GROUP Investing with Supported Decision Making: April 5, 2019 Canadian Centre for Elder Law1822 East Mall, University of British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1Voice: (604) 822 0142 Website: www.bcli.org/ccel Do you have Alzheimer’s, dementia or an intellectual disability? Do you invest your money in one or more of the following? Bonds RDSP (Registered Disability…Read More

MEDIA ADVISORY – Council of Canadians with Disabilities Applauds Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada

January 25, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY                                 January 25, 2019 COUNCIL OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES APPLAUDS DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA Today, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released a landmark decision in S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation. This case is of national…Read More

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…Read More

ARCH and Partners Submission for 2018 Consultation on Education System

January 04, 2019

ARCH Disability Law Centre, Community Living Ontario, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement, Inclusion Research Team Brock University, Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Western University and Inclusive Education Canada submitted a joint submission to the Government of Ontario for their recent consultation on education in Ontario:https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resource/arch-and-partners-submission-for-2018-consultation-on-education-system/…Read More

Read the ARCH Alert of December 3, 2018

December 04, 2018

Here is the link to the ARCH Alert page where you can access the latest ARCH Alert of December 3, 2018:  https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resources/arch-alert/ …Read More

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.…Read More

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3, 2018

November 09, 2018

ARCH Celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities In line with this year’s UN theme of “Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”, ARCH will launch our new website and present our new public legal education materials. Come meet ARCH Staff! DATE: Monday December 3, 2018TIME: 2:00 to 4:00 pmLOCATION:  55 University Avenue, 14th…Read More

ARCH Presents an Information Session: Accessible Transportation for Persons with Vision Disabilities

November 08, 2018

ARCH Disability Law Centre Presents an Information Session Accessible Transportation for Persons with Vision Disabilities Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:00 to 8:00 pmYMCA Windsor, 500 Victoria Avenue,Windsor, ON N9A 4M8 Presentations by: Mariam Shanouda, ARCH Staff LawyerJessica De Marinis, ARCH Staff Lawyer RSVP by November 12th, 2018 to Yangtzee Tamang [email protected]  1-866-482-2724 ext. 2243/ TTY 1-866-482-2728 If you require any accommodations, please contact…Read More

IDPD 2018: Tell us what inclusion and equality mean to you, as a person with a disability

November 07, 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is on December 3. This year’s theme is “Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”. On Twitter, use #ARCHIDPD2018 to tell us what inclusion and equality mean to you, as a person with a disability.  If twitter is not accessible for you, email us at: [email protected]  Please keep emails…Read More

Watch ARCH’s presentation to HUMA committee about the Accessible Canada Act

October 30, 2018

ARCH was at the House of Commons’ HUMA committee to talk about strengthening the proposed Accessible Canada Act. To watch go to:  https://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/HUMA/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=10268658 and go to meetings, then select October 23.…Read More

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.…Read More

Read the ARCH Alert of October 3, 2018

October 03, 2018

Inside This Issue: Back to School Tips – Education Advocacy Updated Human Rights Commission Policy on Accessible Education Library Corner Accessible Canada Act Passes Second Reading, Now Before HUMA Provincial Schools for the Deaf Class Action – Important Update International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Save the Date! Review of Disability Tax Credit and…Read More

Open Letter to the Premier Doug Ford, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities

September 19, 2018

Dear Premier and Ministers, 

We write to you to endorse the recent recommendations put forward by the Ontario Human Rights Commission to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities (attached). 

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Media Advisory and Notice to the Community: Supreme Court Decision Undermines Access to Justice

June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018 – Today the Supreme Court released its judgment in Canada (Canadian Human Rights Commission) v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 SCC 31, also known as Matson and Andrews. To read the full decision go to:  https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/17134/index.do. In its judgment the Supreme Court found that challenges to discrimination that result from the wording of a federal…Read More

ARCH Celebrates National AccessAbility Week

May 28, 2018

ARCH is excited to celebrate this week with a number of events: To open the week, on Monday, May 28 ARCH will be launching its Blog with an introductory post about National AccessAbility Week. Starting June 1, ARCH will post an entry every other Friday on issues related to disability rights, the legal profession and matters that…Read More

Media Advisory – If Inclusion Means Everyone Why Not Me?

May 04, 2018

Post                                                                                                             …Read More

Media Advisory – Many Ontario schools failing students who have an intellectual disability

May 01, 2018

May 1, 2018 Media Advisory – Many Ontario schools failing students who have an intellectual disability Toronto, ON – Many students who have an intellectual disability continue to face academic and social barriers in Ontario’s public school system, as well as instances of exclusion, conflicts with other students, staff and boards, poor planning and communication, and…Read More

Media Advisory – S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation

April 24, 2018

                     MEDIA ADVISORYApril 24, 2018 On April 25, 2018, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is intervening in a very important case before the Supreme Court of Canada. This case could have a significant  impact on persons with disabilities, affecting their autonomy, independenceM and inclusion.…Read More

ARCH endorses the Statement from the Southwest Indigenous Justice Coordinators

February 28, 2018

Attached below is ARCH’s endorsement to the Statement from the Southwest Indigenous Justice Coordinators dated February 23, 2018.…Read More



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