About Every Canadian Counts

Every Canadian Counts (ECC) is a coalition committed to improving services for over 20% of Canadians living with long-term, chronic disabilities. There is an urgent need to provide for these Canadians and their families, as many do not have access to even the most basic supports and services. The crisis is clearly illustrated by stories of families who have left loved ones on the steps of government agencies or at the door of homeless shelters in a desperate attempt to access needed services. Lack of services, weak provincial support systems, and the absence of a national strategy to address this crisis is unacceptable in Canada in this day and age. 

A national disability support program could offer a number of solutions to existing problems, for example:
Seamless delivery of services and supports throughout an individual’s lifetime
Elimination of current waiting lists for support programs and housing
Country-wide provision of quality, consistent and portable services
The following is both a quick overview and full report on the Every Canadian Counts Plan: 

Our Advisory Board


Executive Chair and Director, Melbourne Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne
Professor Bonyhady is also one of the key architects of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and was the inaugural Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) from 2013 to 2016. He is widely regarded as the “father of the NDIS’. He is also a former President of Philanthropy Australia.


International Consultant
Michael's efforts have included notable international initiatives such as the NDIS in Australia, the International Initiative on Disability Leadership, and more. He is perhaps best known for his extensive public speaking and teaching roles on many issues for over more than four decades.


Senior Management Consultant,Managing Director, International Information Technology Foundation
John's career began at Canadian Pacific Limited as Manager of Systems Development and later at VIA Rail where he was Chief Information officer. John was also responsible for the IT value-for-money audit practice of the Auditor General of Canada.

Board of Directors

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