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: