On December 1 2016, the Canadian Government declared their support for the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and announced a consultation exercise with the Canadian provincial governments and Indigenous governments into the practical implementation of the protocol. This, being Canada, may take a while.
Assuming that it does happen, this is an important step for disabled Canadians, giving them a formal and stronger protocol for complaint when government and civil society fails them. There are currently 92 signatories to the protocol, but there are no countries in North America yet signed up. Canada has the opportunity to be the first.
The protocol is an optional extension of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.