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12th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion Right at Home: Advancing Article 19 – The Right to Live in Community
The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the dangers of congregate care and institutional living in Canada. People with an intellectual disability have been put at risk. They have been isolated and cut-off from social supports. For years, people with disabilities have been telling us that life in community is safer, more inclusive, and what they want for themselves. Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities affirms their right to live independently and be included in the community.

The purpose of this policy forum is to explore the realities of institutionalization and congregate care in Canada, the pathways to community living, and how innovative federal policies and programs can support this shift.

Highlight Agenda (All times in Eastern Time):

November 30, 2021

12:00pm Housekeeping
12:10pm Land Acknowledgement & Opening Remarks
12:20pm Minister's Remarks (to be confirmed)
12:35pm Keynote
1:00pm Panel 1 Bringing COVID Learnings Home
1:45pm Break
2:15pm Panel 2 Congregate Care & the Courts: Potential impact of the Nova Scotia court decision
3:45pm Day 1 Wrap-Up

December 1, 2021

12:00pm Housekeeping
12:10pm Land Acknowledgement & Opening Remarks
12:20pm Keynote
12:45pm Panel 3 My Home, My Community – The Right Way
2:15pm Break
2:45pm Panel 4 From Dreams to Reality: Policy Solutions for the Future
4:15pm Summary and Closing
Nov 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Dec 1, 2021 12:00 PM
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