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Table 4 Explanatory Memorandum Tabled in the House of Commons, 3 December 2009

From: Is the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Impacting Mental Health Laws and Policies in High-Income Countries? A Case Study of Implementation in Canada

“Obligations under the Convention relating to the right to equality and non-discrimination and to general protections of human rights and fundamental freedoms can be complied with through reliance on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and equivalent provincial and territorial legislation. Many obligations can also be complied with progressively through federal, provincial and territorial laws, policies and practices as they are developed over time.  At the federal level, specific obligations relating to promoting equality, dignity and an enabling environment for persons with disabilities can be complied with through additional existing federal legislation, policies, programs and practices. These include: consultations with persons with disabilities, awareness raising measures, accessibility guidelines and standards, income support and tax measures, the Canada Social Transfer, support for victims of crime, the Employment Equity Act, etc.  No changes to federal legislation or policy were identified as required for ratification” [42].