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8th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion: Realization of the Right to Legal Capacity for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Canada

Novembre 20, 2017 - - Equality Rights, legal capacity

Hosted by the Canadian Association for Community Living & People First of Canada in collaboration with Office for Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada

Friday, December 1, 2017 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm | Ottawa Marriot Hotel, Ottawa, ON | Registration Required


The right to legal capacity is essential to personal well-being, social inclusion, and enjoyment of human rights because it recognizes a person's right to exercise control over their own personal, health care, and property/financial decisions.  The right to legal capacity is generally recognized to have two components – the capacity to have rights and the capacity to act or to have power over one’s personal, property and health care decisions. 

Canadians with intellectual, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities are extremely vulnerable to having their legal capacity restricted or removed all together. Across the country, formal or informal reliance on substitute decision making arrangements and guardianship remain far too commonplace. Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes that all persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others; it also secures the right to use support to exercise legal capacity.

The CRPD, Canada’s reservation on Article 12, and the uneven access and recognition of the use of supported decision making across the country calls for ongoing dialogue and interpretation, in order to achieve a consistent and up‐to‐date legal framework at all jurisdictional levels. What would it take for a legal framework that establishes the validity of supported decision making, and incorporates the human rights principles of accommodation and respect for differences among people? This year’s forum will explore that question, with particular focus on provincial-territorial promising practice, health consent, and finance law. 

The purpose of this Policy Forum is to gain understanding about Canada’s obligations under Article 12 of UN CRPD; learn about how supported decision making is being implemented in practice in jurisdictions across Canada; identify issues and barriers to the realization of legal capacity for people with an intellectual disability within existing systems (e.g. health, banking, income tax, etc.); and, explore promising directions and potential solutions in dismantling these barriers. 

Panel 1:  Legal Capacity Challenges – Self-advocate and family perspectives
Panel 2:  National Scope – Demographics and Jurisdictional Scan
Panel 3:  Financial Decisions
Panel 4:  Healthcare & Personal Life Decisions

Online registration:
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Registration required: Seating is limited, please register online to reserve your space. Registration fee is $50, but is waived for persons with an intellectual disability. The Policy Forum will be held in English; slide presentations will be available French where available. Virtual CART services will be provided.