At long last Canada has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities. We join all persons with disabilities, advocates, friends and families in celebrating this achievement on March 11, 2010!
Marie White, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities said:
The Government of Canada’s ratification today of the Convention is a historic event for Canadians with disabilities. It signals the end of an era where people with disabilities were seen as objects of charity. Ratification of the Convention makes real our goal of recognition as full and equal citizens of Canada.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities, and to ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law.
There are approximately 4.4 million persons with disabilities in Canada – about 14.3 percent of the population.
Judy Wasylycia-Leis, NDP Critic for Persons with Disabilities concludes:
It has taken seven years… in Parliament and much federal coordination to get us here, but we can now say unequivocally that there is a strong consensus in Canada – both inside and outside Parliament – behind the Convention and its principles and clear responsibilities at all levels of government to follow through with action.