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Hi Everyone, and welcome to our first blog post!

You’re probably here because you, like us here at Every Canadian Counts, care deeply about improving disability supports in Canada.

To start our blog, and in light of the recent appointment of Ms. Carla Qualtrough, as Minister for Persons with Disabilities, we’ve been thinking lately about conversations. Part of achieving our goal here is to have the disability sector speak with one voice. There are a lot of details to work out.

and, undoubtedly, some tough discussions to come.

When we spoke to our Australian counterparts, they mentioned that the introduction of non‐negotiables was one of the tools that aided them in their conversations. To give you an idea as to the nature of the non‐negotiables, here are some examples of what we have in mind:

  •  Provides choice to individuals and families how funding, which is person centered, is managed – indirect vs direct funding.
  •  Is available to all Canadians, immigrants, refugees and asylum‐seekers, who are born with or acquire a long‐term disability on the basis of the functionality lost.
  •  Focuses on early intervention and sustained support and services to produce better long‐term outcomes.
  •  Provides a national standard of services and support to persons with a similar type/severity of disability, which is portable nationally without the need for a new assessment.

So help us continue to cultivate this discussion by sending us feedback on what you think the non‐negotiables should be. Lastly, we are interested in having guest bloggers from the disability community to speak on a wide range of issues. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to

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