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January 11, 2016
Ottawa, ON – Vulnerable persons will be at significant risk of abuse and error in the coming system for physician-assisted suicide without more time for Parliament to ensure needed protections are enshrined in the Criminal Code. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and their legal counsel attended the Court’s hearings on Monday in support of the federal government’s request to extend the February 6 deadline for having a system in place.
December 21, 2015
Following the Government of Canada’s recent request for a six-month extension to review the issue and develop new laws governing physician-assisted suicide/voluntary euthanasia, CACL is calling on governments and health professions to give much more attention to how vulnerable patients will be identified and cared for in the new system. To see our background papers on this issue click here.
December 14, 2015
Toronto, ON – Health care in Canada is about to undergo a major transformation as patients obtain the right to request and receive physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia in order to die. As we proceed down this path, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) calls on health professions and governments to urgently give much more attention to how vulnerable patients will be identified and cared for in the system.
November 20, 2015
This year’s theme is Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment for people of all abilities that seeks to reduce inequalities and remove barriers to equal participation for persons with disabilities in society.
Sub-themes for 2015 are: (1) Making cities inclusive and accessible for all; (2) Improving disability data and statistics; and (3) Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development.

November 20, 2015
Along with our host partner People First of Canada, CACL invites you to join us at the Sixth Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion, Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Novotel Hotel, Ottawa. The Federal Policy Forum presents an exciting opportunity for dialogue with the federal government, in order to learn more about and explore the federal role on long standing issues regarding the disability community.
November 20, 2015
Vice President of Operations, Eastern Canada at Costco Wholesale, David Skinner, never anticipated how much an inclusive workforce would enhance his company’s success and corporate culture. “The outcomes are a lot better than we could ever imagine,” says Skinner, describing the candidates Costco has hired with intellectual disabilities as generally “model employees” who over time have “integrated seamlessly” into their corporate culture.
November 20, 2015
Women in Canada come from many diverse backgrounds and live with multiple experiences of marginalization and with each layer of exclusion, whether that is migrant, indigenous or disability status - other barriers to their safety are added. Consequently, particular populations of women experience higher rates of abuse than other women's communities due to structural violence and the resulting more significant needs, yet these very populations receive limited attention in the violence prevention and response service sectors, which also contributes to their higher rates of victimization.
November 6, 2015
Click Here to download a PDF copy of the October 2015 Institution Watch newsletter. 
October 30, 2015
The provincial government is eliminating the IQ under 70 requirement in determining eligibility for government supports and services. This is very good news according to Dennis Gill, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living (NLACL).NLACL members are individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. For many years, NLACL has expressed deep concern about eligibility being based on irrelevant testing that does not take into account the reality of the challenges faced in the activities of daily living.
October 27, 2015
Participate in the Online Federal Government Consultation on Physcian Assisted Suicide - Deadline is November 1stThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Canadians should have access to physician assisted suicide. The Federal government struck a panel of experts to provide it with recommendations on the process for enabling access to assisted suicide and ensuring adequate safeguards are put in place. CACL is concerned that the system fully safeguard vulnerable persons, including those with intellectual disabilities.
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