Why draw attention to other campaigns?
You may be wondering, “Why highlight other campaigns? Shouldn’t Every Canadian Counts be trying to draw attention away from competing campaigns?”
To be fair, each of these campaigns raises really important issues and illustrates how widespread the disability supports crisis in Canada has become. Further, the groups behind these campaigns know the issues extremely well and some have started to develop potential solutions. Collectively, there is a lot of knowledge and insight represented by these campaigns.
Here’s the problem: efforts to improve the lives of Canadians living with long-term, profound disabilities should not be reduced to a competition for resources between consumer groups, family groups, service providers, charities, and other stakeholder groups. Unfortunately, this is what has happened.
Every Canadian Counts believes that to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with long-term disabilities, along with their caregivers, we need to stop competing and start working together. At the end of the day it should not be about who shouts the loudest and wins the competition for resources. All Canadians living with or supporting those living with long-term disability deserve access to proper supports, and one group’s interests being put ahead of another’s should not be considered a ‘win’.
Every Canadian Counts is an opportunity to bring groups advocating for change together to form a common agenda. In unity, our voices will be amplified, our demands of government will be more clear, and ultimately our advocacy efforts will be much more effective. Every Canadian Counts is reaching out to these groups one-by-one to invite them into a dialogue on how we can work together to create positive, lasting change for all Canadians.
I know of another campaign not listed here. How can it be added to the list?
If you know of an advocacy group campaigning for improved disability supports that is not on our list, please let us know! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our comment form with details so we can reach out to them.