February 21, 2017
Today, the Government of Canada is launching a public consultation to consider Canada’s possible accession to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
When Canada ratified the Convention in 2010, it made a commitment to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by people with disabilities.
On December 1, 2016, the Government of Canada announced it would begin taking steps towards consideration of accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention.
The Optional Protocol offers people with disabilities new mechanisms to seek protection of their rights by establishing procedures aimed at strengthening the implementation and monitoring of the Convention.
With the launch of this public consultation, we are seeking your views about the impact that acceding to the Optional Protocol may have on Canadians.
Submit your feedback in the language of your choice (English, French, American Sign Language or Langue des signes quÃ©bÃ©coise) and preferred format such as online, handwritten, video or audio submissions.
You can provide your input to the Office for Disability Issues via:
Mail: Office for Disability Issues Employment and Social Development Canada 105 Hotel-de-ville St., 1st floor, Bag 62 Gatineau QC K1A 0J9
The public consultation for the Optional Protocol is open from February 16 to March 16, 2017.
And don’t forget, there’s still time to take part in the consultation process to inform new planned federal accessibility legislation. You have until February 28 to have your say at Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada. Tell us what an Accessible Canada means to you.