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This year theme is 2018 Theme: Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



CLBC recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

December 3 marks the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Community Living BC joins the people we serve, families and our partners in the community living sector in recognizing  the rights of people with developmental disabilities and their vibrant contributions to B.C. communities.

The theme of this year’s day is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” CLBC is grateful to the many people, families and service providers who share our vision of lives filled with possibilities in welcoming communities, and are working each day throughout the province to advance inclusion. Our efforts are based on a belief that our communities are better places when everyone can participate fully in community life.

To learn more about the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, visit the United Nations website here. To mark the day, the Sprout Film Festival is taking place in five communities across B.C. Find full details in the CLBC events calendar here. For those in the Lower Mainland, Project EveryBODY is again hosting  their annual celebration in Vancouver, and you can find more information on their website here.


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

Ottawa, Ontario – December 3, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:

“Millions of Canadians live with a disability. They are our parents, spouses, children, colleagues, neighbours, and friends. They are entitled to the same rights and protections as everyone else. Yet, every day, many Canadians with disabilities face unacceptable barriers that hold them back and keep our country from becoming a truly equal place.

“While we have made progress towards a more accessible and inclusive society, much work remains to be done. Too many Canadians with disabilities continue to have to break down barriers and fight battles, seen and unseen, alone. Too many face stigma and exclusion where they should find acceptance and support. And too many find their potential limited because of stereotypes and closed minds.

“Over the last three years, the Government of Canada has taken steps to promote the rights of Canadians with disabilities and build a fairer, more accessible country for all. We met with and listened to thousands of Canadians with disabilities to draft Canada’s first national accessibility law – the Accessible Canada Act. The proposed Act, which passed in the House of Commons last week, would help remove and prevent barriers to accessibility across Canada, and promote equal opportunities for all people in Canada, no matter their disability.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to join me in marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments and contributions of people living with disabilities, and rededicate ourselves to building a barrier-free and better country for everyone.”


Statement by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough on #PurpleLightUp in support of International Day of Persons with Disabilities


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Gatineau, Quebec, December 3, 2018 – Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, made the following statement on the #PurpleLightUp movement in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

“Today marks the United Nations 26th annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and I am pleased to announce that at dusk, federal government buildings across the country will be lit up in purple to promote and support the economic empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

“In illuminating about 30 federal buildings, the Government of Canada is joining a global movement, #PurpleLightUp, to celebrate the contribution of persons with disabilities around the world.

“The Government of Canada aims to create a truly inclusive and accessible Canada that empowers all Canadians to fully and equally participate socially and economically in their communities and workplaces.”

Quick fact

The #PurpleLightUp is an initiative of the United Kingdom organization, PurpleSpace, focused on mobilizing public and private sector employers towards a common goal of inclusion and equality in the workplace.


List of Government of Canada buildings taking part in #PurpleLightUp 2018:

National Capital Region

  • Connaught Building, 555 MacKenzie Avenue, Ottawa, ON
  • Lester B. Pearson Building, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON
  • M.J. Nadon Building, 73 Leikin Drive, Ottawa, ON
  • Sir William Logan Building, 580-588 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON
  • Thomas D’Arcy McGee Building, 90 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON
  • 455 DLC, 455 De la Carrière Boulevard, Gatineau, QC
  • Portage I, 50 Victoria Street, Gatineau, QC
  • Portage II, 165 Hôtel de Ville Street, Gatineau, QC
  • Portage III, 11 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC
  • Portage IV, 140 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, QC

Quebec Region

  • Dominique Ducharme Building, 400 Marguerite-D’Youville Street, Montréal, QC
  • René-Nicolas Levasseur Building, 130 Dalhousie Street, Québec, QC

Ontario Region

  • Government of Canada Building, 200 Town Centre, Toronto, ON

Atlantic Region

  • John Cabot Building, 10 Barters Hill Road, St. John’s, NL
  • Gulf Fisheries Centre, 343 University Avenue, Moncton, NB
  • Miramichi Pay Centre, 2 Victoria Avenue, Miramichi, NB
  • Shediac Pension Centre, 10 Weldon Street, Shediac, NB
  • Government of Canada Building, 47 Dorchester Street, Sydney, NS
  • Marine House, 176 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS
  • Daniel J. MacDonald Building, 161 Grafton Street, Charlottetown, PE
  • Jean Canfield Building, 191 Great George Street, Charlottetown, PE
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters Division L, 450 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE

Western Region

  • Winnipeg Tax Centre, 66 Stapon Road, Winnipeg, MB
  • ITAX, 1955 Smith Street, Regina, SK
  • Greenstone Building, 101 50 Avenue, Yellowknife, NWT

Pacific Region

  • PL James Place, 1230 Government Street, Victoria, BC
  • Fraser Valley Tax Services, 9737 King George Boulevard, Surrey, BC
  • Elijah Smith Building, 300 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT
  • Range Road, 419 Range Road, Whitehorse, YT


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Canada accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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December 3, 2018         Ottawa, Ontario                   Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada is working to create a truly accessible Canada. Today, as part of these efforts, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, along with the ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Canadian Heritage, announced that, with the support of all provinces and territories, Canada has acceded to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Accession to the Optional Protocol means that Canadians will have additional recourse to make a complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, if they believe their rights under the Convention have been violated.

Along with the proposed Accessible Canada Act, which was recently adopted by the House of Commons and is now before the Senate, today’s announcement shows that the Government of Canada is taking another step towards creating a barrier-free Canada.

Recently released data from Statistics Canada reinforce the importance of a more inclusive and accessible Canada. The 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities shows that the prevalence of disabilities among Canadians is greater than many realize, with 22% of Canadians identifying as having a disability. The new data will be used by the federal government to help build a more inclusive society that benefits all people in Canada – especially persons with disabilities – through the realization of a Canada without barriers.


“Over the last year, our government has taken important steps to help realize a barrier-free Canada. Today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrate those accomplishments and look towards the future of accessibility in Canada with optimism. Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities builds on our work and sends a clear message that we are committed to the rights of persons with disabilities and committed to giving all Canadians a fair chance at success.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Canada joining this UN convention is about protecting and promoting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. As a country, we need to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities and enjoys the same rights. Today is a step forward to making that goal a reality.”
– The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I am proud that the Government of Canada is taking this step to advance the rights of persons with disabilities. Enabling the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider complaints of violations of rights under the Convention is an important way to strengthen and protect the human rights of Canadians with disabilities.”
– The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“Promoting and advancing human rights for everyone is a fundamental part of our Canadian identity. It is important that federal, provincial and territorial governments continue to work together to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities. I am proud of the intergovernmental consultation held in support of Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and I look forward to driving further change.”
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“This announcement regarding the Optional Protocol, along with this government’s intention to pass the proposed Accessible Canada Act, sends a strong message to Canadians with and without disabilities that this government truly believes in inclusion and equality for all. This is one positive step to ensuring that Canadians with intellectual disabilities have their voices heard and that we are one step closer to ensuring we are not the left behind of the left behind.”
–  Kory Earle, President, People First of Canada

Quick facts

  • The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) is an international human rights instrument that requires State Parties to the Convention to promote, protect and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. Canada ratified the Convention in 2010.
  • The Optional Protocol establishes two procedures. The first is a complaint procedure that allows individuals and groups to take complaints to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the case of an alleged violation of their rights under the Convention. The second is an inquiry procedure that allows the Committee to inquire into allegations of grave or systematic violations of the Convention by a State Party.
  • The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention by States Parties.
  • As of November 2018, there are 177 States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with 93 States Parties to the Optional Protocol to the Convention.
  • Under Bill C-81, approximately $290 million over six years would serve to further the objectives of the proposed legislation.
  • One in five people—22 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over, or about 6.2 million individuals—had one or more disabilities, according to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disabilities.
  • The survey also reports that people with severe disabilities aged 25 to 64 years are more likely to be living in poverty than their counterparts without disabilities (17 percent) or with milder disabilities (23 percent).

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CUPE marks the International Day for Persons with Disabilities

On December 3, we draw attention to discrimination and barriers in our workplaces and communities, and we recommit to a disability rights agenda.

People with disabilities experience higher rates of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, incarceration, harassment and violence. Those marginalized by racism, sexism, homophobia or transphobia face additional barriers and harm.

Disability is created by barriers – in attitudes, institutions and physical spaces. As a society, we continue to create disabling social, physical and economic environments. As a union, we can help dismantle those systems.

Here are some actions we can all take to advance disability justice in Canada:

  1. Contact the Senate of Canada and demand changes to Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act. CUPE presented necessary changes in our submission to the federal government, and over 90 disability groups have signed a joint letter demanding action. The Bill passed third reading in the House without those substantial amendments; it is now in the Senate. Add your voice and help us improve Bill C-81.
  2. Demand that municipal and provincial governments improve crisis services for women with disabilities and that the federal government implement the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls Blueprint. Support the Disabled Women’s Network Canada (DAWN) initiative to make women with disabilities and Deaf women #MoreThanAFootnote in anti-violence strategies, policies, programs and services.

As union leaders, you can also:

  • Bargain disability rights into your collective agreement, including: employment equity, duty to accommodate, short and long-term disability coverage and language on HIV/AIDS and episodic disability.
  • Carry out accessibility audits and get your employer to make this a regular practice, to remove barriers in your workplace and union spaces. CUPE National is developing a checklist and other resources, and CRIAW/DAWN produced this toolkit for event planners.
  • Take CUPE workshops on disability issues.
  • Remove barriers and encourage members with disabilities to become involved in union leadership and activities.

Use December 3rd to educate and advocate for disability justice at work and in your community.

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UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival



This year we’re excited to partner with Sproutflix to host film festivals in five communities. Click on the locations below to view the posters for each location.

  • New Westminster (Buy tickets for New West showing here). Tickets also available at the door. 

Sprout is a unique non-profit organization that distributes films made by and/or starring people with intellectual disabilities.

Films for the 2018 festival were selected by the BC Self Advocacy Foundation, a group of leaders with intellectual disabilities who live in communities across BC.

Hope to see you there! Visit the links above to view the posters for each locations.

Buy tickets here for the New Westminster showing.


UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities and The Film and Performing Arts Festival

Hosted by: Project Everybody
Date: December 3rd, 2018 12:00noon – 8:30PM
Location: Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver (Across from Canada Line station)

Join us on December 3, 2018 as we wrap up Project EveryBODY 2018 with PEBcelebrateslive, Vancouver’s annual celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities combined with The Film and Performing Arts Festival. It’s Vancouver’s FREE community celebration and with something for EveryBODY, this is a celebration you cannot miss!

Gathering dozens of local artists and drawing hundreds of people each year, PEBcelebrateslive is an important platform for emerging and established artists of diverse abilities to express their creative voice and share their stories with one another, and with the broader community. This is done in order to change common perceptions about abilities and disabilities.

(Note: More information will be available when the event gets closer.)

Also, new this year we have two presentations in the auditorium in collaboration with the Government of Canada:

  • From 1:30 – 2:30 the Public Service Commission is hosting a session about careers with the Government of Canada & Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities. Learn about different job opportunities for students, graduates and general jobseekers, and familiarize yourself with accommodation measures for persons with functional limitations.
  • From 2:30 – 3:30 Public Services and Procurement Canada will host a session on accessibility and federal services this session is designed for people who are already public servants and members of the public. To become a more inclusive public service, the Government of Canada is exploring many facets of what that needs to mean. Come and listen to thought-provoking stories of lived experience, and learn how you can contribute.

The event will have VocalEye live description for people with vision loss.

For more information please visit the Project Everybody website.


How are you celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3?

This year, Public Services and Procurement Canada is hosting a federal public service event to celebrate this special day and promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The event will also be available to Canadians via an accessible webcast at 1 p.m.

Join the webcast here:




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