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Statement by the Prime Minister on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ottawa, Ontario December 3, 2017 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: “The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a time to celebrate the contributions that people with disabilities make to our country and our world. It is also an opportunity to learn about what we can do so that everyone is able to fully participate in our

Disability Advisory Committee

On November 23, 2017, the Minister of National Revenue announced that the Disability Advisory Committee is being re-instated. From the release on the Government of Canada’s website: “The Committee will be a way for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to connect with a wide range of stakeholders and take their views into account as we administer tax measures for people with disabilities. The Committee’s core role will be to provide

The Government of Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

News Release From Employment and Social Development Canada November 30, 2017                      Ottawa, Ontario                    Employment and Social Development Canada The Government of Canada is taking further action to uphold and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities and further enable their inclusion and full participation in Canadian society. Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of


For Immediate Release | November 17, 2017 The Council of Canadians With Disabilities (CCD), a national, human rights organization of persons with various disabilities that is working for a more inclusive and accessible Canada, will call for repeal of the “Excessive Demands” provisions in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act when it appears before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on Monday evening, November 20, 2017. “Disability is the

PRESS RELEASE: National Housing Strategy Makes Historic Investment – 2400 New Affordable Housing Units for People with Developmental Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2017   Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the National Housing Strategy, with a target of 2400 new affordable housing units that enable community-based independent living for people with developmental disabilities.  The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and People First of Canada (PFC) welcome this historic announcement. Joy Bacon, CACL President said, “We are thrilled with the Prime Minister’s announcement today. A dedicated investment

Advancing diversity and inclusion in the BC Public Service

VICTORIA Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:00 PM Premier John Horgan has announced a new Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan to attract, develop and retain diverse talent to the BC Public Service. “B.C. communities are strengthened by our rich diversity, and increased participation by all citizens is vital to building a strong social and economic future that works for everyone,” Premier Horgan said. “That’s why we created the new Diversity and

B.C. Poverty Reduction Strategy community meetings set to begin

Community meetings for British Columbia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy will kick off in Victoria on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. British Columbians are invited to come and talk about how poverty can be reduced in the province. Ideas shared at the in-person community meetings will help inform the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The community meetings will run from the end of November to the end of March. Victoria Public Engagement Meeting: Event Date:  Monday,

People with severe addiction and mental illness to get help at new centre on Riverview lands

Coquitlam Friday, November 17, 2017 11:30 AM   People struggling with complex and severe mental illness and addiction will receive the care they need in a state-of-the-art mental health and addictions centre on the Riverview lands, Premier John Horgan announced today. “People afflicted by mental illness and addiction need better support and care. We’re getting to work to fix the problems and give people the help they need,” Premier Horgan

Province delivers on commitment to freeze BC Hydro rates

The British Columbia government is delivering on its promise to freeze BC Hydro rates, putting an end to the years of spiralling electricity costs that have made life less affordable for B.C. homeowners and renters, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall announced today. BC Hydro rates have gone up by more than 24% in the last four years, and by more than 70% since 2001. Mungall says

Protect yourself: vaccinate early to prevent the flu

Victoria Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11:00 AM British Columbians are encouraged to get their flu shot early to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu. As of this week, the influenza vaccine is available throughout the province at public health clinics, pharmacies, and nurse practitioners’ and physicians’ offices. “We often think of the flu as an inconvenience, but for many people, it can be far more serious,” said

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