UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Government of British Columbia has made a base commitment to a progressive realization of increased accessibility and reduction of barriers by supporting Canada’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

As such, government has a responsibility 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.

British Columbia is committed to upholding and safeguarding the principles outlined in the UNCRPD.

  • Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons
  • Non-discrimination
  • Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  • Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Accessibility
  • Equality between men and women
  • Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities
  • Canada was one of the first countries to sign the UNCRPD, which guarantees human rights for an estimated 650 million individuals with disabilities around the world