International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

Join us on December 3 to highlight:

“Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

This year’s United Nations theme reflects the commitment of the Government of Canada to build back better while leaving no one behind.

This includes:

The Action Plan will include:

These measures will build on the Accessible Canada Act and help create a more inclusive Canada.

We are engaging with:

Activities related to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2021 will be virtual this year. Please follow Accessible Canada on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

Message from the Minister

Minister Qualtrough kicks off IDPD 2021
Transcript

Title: Minister Qualtrough launches the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

[Image shows the International Day of Persons with Disabilities background, composed of the Employment and Social Development Canada signature, a portion of the map of the world and the following text:

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • Journée internationale des personnes handicapées
  • December 3, 2021

The background also includes 7 accessibility icons.]

[The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough starts to speak. Throughout the video, an ASL interpreter signs at the top right corner.]

Hello everyone and happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

Today, I am honoured to celebrate and highlight the strength and continued resilience of the more than 6.2M persons with disabilities in Canada, who make important and innovative contributions in their communities and workplaces every single day.

[Through this sequence, while the Minister speaks, a video plays in the background. The video footage includes a young woman wearing a hat, looking at her phone; people clapping at a symposium; a man on a wheelchair uses assistive technology and points with his mouth to access his mobile phone.]

[The Minister continues her speech.]

[For the following sequence, while the Minister speaks, a video plays in the background. The sequence includes a woman cleaning a desk then some furniture; a man walking in a corridor with his dog; a mean wearing dark glasses, sitting and working in front of his computer; an elderly woman using a walker is led by a man towards an OC transport vehicle in front of a hospital.]

This year, the United Nations theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

This theme reflects the Government of Canada’s longstanding commitment to build back better while leaving no one behind.

It’s why we took a disability-inclusive approach to our pandemic responses, ensuring they addressed the specific needs and challenges faced by Canadians with disabilities. This included:

  • issuing a one-time payment to persons with disabilities that was delivered to over 1.7 million Canadians; and
  • establishing the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group to advise us in putting a disability lens on our emergency responses

[A video plays in the background. The sequence includes an ambulance driving away from a hospital; a young man in a wheelchair at a children’s playground; and participants at a symposium.]

[The Minister continues her speech.]

[For this sequence, while the Minister speaks, a screenshot of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan engagement web page scrolls in the background.]

We have also begun work on Canada’s first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which includes a new Canadian disability benefit that has the potential to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians with disabilities currently living in poverty. It also has a robust employment strategy and improved processes to determine if people are eligible for federal disability programs and benefits.

[Throughout the following sequence, while the Minister speaks, a video plays in the background. It includes a woman on a wheelchair giving food to her dog then another woman joins her in the kitchen and hands her a non-medical mask; a young woman sitting outside on a sunny day uses her assistive technology device].

[The Minister continues her speech.]

For the following sequence, while the Minister speaks, a video plays in the background. It includes a woman scanning a document at her desk; another woman types in front of her computer; a young man on a wheelchair is working in a home hardware store and places products in shelves; a woman places products in a grocery store. The sequence ends with a video of participants at a symposium.]

In the spirit of “Nothing Without Us” we have been actively engaging with Canadians on the Action Plan, through an online survey and a series of roundtable discussions with members of the disability community, stakeholders, academics and other experts.

We received over 8500 submissions to the survey and this feedback will help guide our next steps.

More engagements and discussion will occur throughout this year and next and I encourage everyone to contribute.

I am also delighted to announce that for the first time, Canada is putting forward a candidate, Dr. Laverne Jacobs, for the 2022 election of experts who will be part of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This move highlights our prioritization of human rights and disability issues.

[The Minister finishes her speech.]

We will continue to reach out and work hard to provide the infrastructure, tools and equal opportunity Canadians with disabilities need, as we move towards a truly inclusive society.

Thank you.

[The screen shows the following text: #IDPD2021.]

[This is followed by the Coronavirus sequence, which mentions the following: Portions of the footage used were recorded prior to the Government of Canada’s social distancing guidelines. Canadians should continue to respect COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The screen closes with the Canada Wordmark with its the waving flag.]

Promotional materials

Join us at #AccessibleCanada as we mark IDPD 2021 and highlight the work to promote inclusion and accessibility.

Images to share:

Figure 1
Inscriptions and icons described below.
Figure 1 – Text version

Inscriptions:

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • Save the date
  • Friday, December 3 2021
  • “Canada” wordmark

The image also includes 7 accessibility icons representing:

  • hearing impairment
  • access or mobility impairment
  • mental/neurodiversity or learning impairment
  • motor skills impairment
  • sign language
  • visual impairment
  • speech impairment
Figure 2
Two women are sitting next to each other on the floor. One young woman with down syndrome has her headphones on. Inscriptions and icons described below.
Figure 2 – Text version

Inscriptions:

  • “Canada” wordmark

The image also includes 7 accessibility icons representing:

  • hearing impairment
  • access or mobility impairment
  • mental/neurodiversity or learning impairment
  • motor skills impairment
  • sign language
  • visual impairment
  • speech impairment

Services and information

Making an accessible Canada for persons with disabilities

Find out how communities, workplaces and services can contribute to a Canada without barriers where everyone can participate fully.

Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability

Supports activities from social not-for-profit organizations that help persons with disabilities to participate in all aspects of Canadian society.

Enabling Accessibility Fund

Supports community-based projects across Canada aimed at improving accessibility and safety in communities and workplaces.

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

Contributes to projects that help persons with disabilities find jobs in Canada.

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit

A taxable benefit that individuals may be eligible for if they are unable to work because of a disability.

Registered Disability Savings Plan

A savings plan to help participants save for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit.

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