Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office

Canadian Disability Organization Delegates
Steven Estey and Dulcie MacCullum, at the signing of the UN Conventionon the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, December 13, 2006

UN Convention

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) aims to "promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity."  It sets out expectations of actions for countries that have ratified the CRPD. 

The CRPD was developed and passed in record time by the UN with unprecedented involvement and support from persons with disabilities.  Canada signed the CRPD in 2007 and ratified it in March 2010.  Manitoba is committed to fulfilling the CRPD.

CRPD rights and obligations involve making sure persons with disabilities:

  • Can access their environment, transportation, public facilities and services, information and communications and related technologies without barriers;
  • Have equal protection without discrimination under the law and have legal capacity to make important life decisions and control their own affairs, with supports if needed;
  • Are not deprived of their liberty and are free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, exploitation and abuse;
  • Are able to live independently in the community, with supports if necessary including for families with disabilities;
  • Have equal access to an adequate standard of living, education, health care, work and rehabilitation services;
  • Can vote, run for elections, hold office and otherwise be involved in political and public life;
  • Are able to participate in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.

For more information about the CRPD, please see link:  http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/convtexte.htm#convtext

For an explanation about the CRPD, please see link:  http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_43893.html


Manitoba Supports United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, today applauded Canada's decision to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Read the entire March 11, 2010 news release.

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