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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…Read More

Submission – Plain English version of the Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 29, 2019

Submission – Canada: Community Organizations and Organizations of People with Disabilities Report on the “List of Issues Prior to Reporting” Plain English* version of: Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities On the List of Issues Prior to Reporting [Canada] to be adopted during the 22nd…Read More

Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 26, 2019

On the List of Issues Prior to Reporting [Canada] to be adopted during the 22nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ARCH and numerous disability organizations and groups prepared a submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“Committee”) on July 26, 2019.  The submission…Read More

Submission – ARCH Submission to Ministry of Education (2018)

December 14, 2018

Joint submission to the Government of Ontario for their consultation related to Ontario’s education system, submitted by 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. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are…Read More

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…Read More

Plain Language Summary: Legal Analysis of Bill C-81 – Final Report (2018)

October 01, 2018

A summary of the legal analysis of Bill C-81, Accessible Canada Act, in plain language. PDF and RTF versions of this summary are available at the end of this page.…Read More

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,…Read More

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…Read More

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.…Read More

Paper – If Inclusion Means Everyone, WHY NOT ME? (2018)

A Final Report for the extensive research study on the barriers to meaningful and inclusive education from K to 12 in Ontario conducted by ARCH, in partnership with Brock University, Western University, Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, and Brockville and District Association for Community Living. This resource is part of ARCH’s Inclusive Education initiative.…Read More

Submission – Vulnerable Persons Standard (VPS) on the Proposed Regulations for Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying (2018)

The Vulnerable Person Standard incorporates five evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians. These safeguards aim to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life can do so without jeopardizing the lives of persons in circumstances that make them vulnerable to abuse, coercion, and inducement to suicide. In this submission…Read More

Paper – Self-Advocacy from the Ashes of the Institution (2017)

September 13, 2017

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies published a paper co-authored by Respecting Rights members Peter Park and Sue Hutton. The paper features use of graphic data on the history of the institutions, and explores the oral stories of  Peter and another survivor of Canada’s institutions for persons labelled with intellectual disability. This resource is part…Read More

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…Read More

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…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Submission to the Ontario Human Rights Commission on its Review of the ‘Guidelines on Accessible Education’ (2017)

June 09, 2017

ARCH submission to the OHRC review of ‘Guidelines on Accessible Education’ outlines major developments in the legal framework around human rights and education since the Guidelines were first published. ARCH’s recommendations  in the submission rely largely on Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“CRPD”) as a starting framework. PDF and…Read More

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…Read More

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.…Read More

Submission – 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 (2017)

March 15, 2017
Tags:CRPD

ARCH’s submission to Review of Canada’s Accession to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The Optional Protocol (OP) 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…Read More

Paper – A Conceptual and Legal Framework for Inclusive Education – Jody R Carr (2017)

February 27, 2017

This paper is authored by former Education Minister of New Brunswick, Jody Carr, on behalf of ARCH Disability Law Centre, to explore and articulate a framework for reform for the delivery of public education services across Canada that is both accessible and inclusive of all children. Introduction There has been significant evolution in Canadian jurisprudence,…Read More

Paper – Discussion Paper on Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (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…Read More

Paper – Invented Power: An Analysis of the Exclusion Clause in Ontario’s Education Act, 2017

January 12, 2017

Citation: Luke Reid, “Invented Power: An Analysis of the Exclusion Clause in Ontario’s Education Act” in Caroline Spindler Ed., CAPSLE 2016: Bright Lights on Emerging Issues in Education Law, Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, held in Toronto, Ontario May 1 – 3, 2016…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Submission on Bill C-14 Medical Assistance in Dying, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. A Call for Safeguards Submission by ARCH Disability Law Centre to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C–14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (Medical Assistance in…Read More

Submission – ARCH Submission to the Federal Standing Committee Considering Citizenship Act Amendments, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Introduction We applaud the government’s introduction of Bill C-6 with the aim of restoring and fostering a diverse, fair and inclusive Canada. We ask the Standing Committee to take this opportunity to strengthen Bill C-6’s reforms by making small but…Read More

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

Submission – ARCH Submission to the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, 2015

This submission was offered to the Federal External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to the Supreme Court’s decision on physician-assisted dying in Carter v Canada. The issue of physician-assisted dying has provoked a wide range of responses from the various segments of the communities of persons with disabilities in Ontario. ARCH has gone…Read More

Paper – Open Court and Confidentiality: Can there be a Balance in Light of our New Media Age?

Paper prepared for the OBA Human Rights Annual Update on May 23, 2014. The topic of discussion in this paper revolves around privacy issues that arise when persons with disabilities seek redress before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). It is likely that confidentiality will not be maintained and intimate details about their disability…Read More

Paper – Law and Ordered C.H.A.O.S.: Social Science Methodology, and the Charter Claims of Persons with Disabilities

October 24, 2013

ARCH Co-Authors article published in a special issue of the National Journal of Constitutional Law focused on Social Science Evidence and the Charter, 2013. Citation: John David Lee, C. Tess Sheldon and Roberto Lattanzio, “Law and Ordered C.H.A.O.S.: Social Science Methodology, and the Charter Claims of Persons with Disabilities” (2013) 32 NJCL 1 at 61.…Read More

Paper – Comparing the Incomparable in Human Rights Claims: Moore Guidance, 2013

Paper presented at the Ontario Bar Association’s 2013 Annual Human Rights Update: Keeping on Top of Key Developments Part II. This paper focuses on the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Moore v. British Columbia (Ministry of Education) and the use of a strict comparative analysis when framing and adjudicating statutory human rights claims. In this paper,…Read More

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…Read More

Paper – A Federal Disability Act: Opportunities and Challenges (2006)

October 01, 2006

A Paper Commissioned by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living, advancing a set of tools that could be implemented in a Federal Disability Act, and outlining a model legislative framework to illustrate how proposed strategies and tools might interact. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an…Read More



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