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Factsheet – CRPD, Optional Protocol and Inquiries

July 8, 2020

What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)? What is the Optional Protocol? What happens during an inquiry? What is the outcome of an inquiry? Does the country have to respond to the UN Committee’s recommendations? Who can ask the UN Committee to start an inquiry? How long does an inquiry take? What if the UN Committee needs to act sooner? Inquiries are confidential. What does that mean?

Available in PDF and RTF.

Factsheet – The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol

November 21, 2019

Learn more about the CRPD and the Optional Protocol.

What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)? What is the Optional Protocol? Who can make an Optional Protocol complaint? When can someone make an Optional Protocol complaint? How can someone make an Optional Protocol complaint? What happens after someone makes an Optional Protocol complaint? What decisions does the UN make about Optional Protocol complaints? Can complaints be made about violations of CRPD rights that affect many people?

Available in PDF and RTF.

Considerations for Effective Implementation and Enforcement of the Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation

May 10, 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 developed the new accessibility legislation in 2016.

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

Available in PDF and RTF.

ARCH’s Submission on the Government of Canada’s Accession to the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

March 15, 2017

The Optional Protocol (OP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provides two procedures by which the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can oversee implementation of Convention rights: a complaints procedure for individuals on violations of their CRPD rights by Canada, and an inquiry procedure for investigating serious or widespread violations. Following a review of Committee decisions, ARCH supports Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol.

In this submission, ARCH Disability Law Centre provides comments in response to the Government of Canada’s public consultation on Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Available in PDF and RTF.

Discussion Paper on Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

February 08, 2017

This paper addresses an important legal issue ARCH recommended the Government to address as it developed the proposed federal accessibility legislation: the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its relationship with the planned federal accessibility legislation.

In this paper ARCH provides a legal analysis of the role that the Convention has played in Canadian jurisprudence until 2016 and makes recommendations for strengthening the relationship between the Convention and the proposed federal accessibility legislation.

ARCH’s Discussion Paper on Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was presented to government in its consultation process as it developed the new accessibility legislation in 2016.

This resource is also part of ARCH’s Advocating for an Accessible Canada initiative. For more information about this initiative, go to: www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/initiatives/advocating-for-accessibility-in-canada

Available in PDF and RTF.



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