Who Are We?
The Every Canadian Counts Working Group formed in 2013. Our short-term goal is to set up the ECC organization and hire a team to support the building of a national coalition, a public education campaign and grassroots advocacy efforts across Canada.
Our Working Group includes individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds, united in our concern for Canadians living with long-term disabilities and shared knowledge about the shortcomings of available supports. To ensure success, we are connected with experts who advise us on communication, disability policy and coalition-building.
Our team includes:
- Family members of individuals living with long-term disability
- Service providers
- Policy analysts, researchers, and economists
- Business people
- Retired executives from Canada’s public service and civil society
What Are We Doing?
Gathering information on…
- The services offered in each province and territory in Canada – What are the strengths and weaknesses of these? How do provincial/territorial systems compare? To date we have not found any other research, other than our own, comparing the different provincial/territorial systems of services.
- Alternative models of support – What are other countries doing? Are their systems effective? How does Canada compare? Can Canada incorporate best practices from other countries?
- Data on persons with long-term disabilities – There is insufficient national information to plan improvements in services. How many people in Canada live with long-term disabilities? How much is spent on people with long-term disabilities? How many individuals are on waiting lists for services, support, or housing?
Public outreach to…
- Canadian politicians and policy makers – We are meeting with people in politics to find out who will support a national solution.
- Diverse disability groups – Experts have told us we will only achieve change if disability groups unite behind a common message (including family groups, persons with disabilities, service providers, disability policy advocacy organizations and labour unions), so we aim to bring everyone together to amplify our voices through a collective vision.
- The public – Few Canadians are familiar with the tough emotional realities of living with or caring for persons with long-term disabilities. If Canadians don’t know about the crisis in disability services, they can’t join us in our efforts to improve it. We have been developing tools (such as this website) and starting discussions with Canadians to raise awareness and gain support.