About the Training

Empower U: Learn to Access Your Disability Rights Training on Canadian Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol (OP) training aims to increase awareness of how to address discrimination using more familiar Canadian human rights laws such as Human Rights Codes and the newer international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This is training for persons with disabilities by persons with disabilities. The training is part of a project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and implemented by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) in collaboration with Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc. (CMDCI), Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) and National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS).

Through various capacity-building activities, this project raises awareness about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol (OP), and Canadian mechanisms to remedy discrimination experienced by persons with disabilities.

This project has three components:

  1. Face to face training sessions delivered in each province from October 2019 to March 2020;
  2. A series of 10 Webinars; and
  3. Self-paced CRPD OP online training

Face to Face Training

Learn how to access your rights in our Empower U face to face training sessions across Canada, focusing on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol (OP).


Join us for Empower U webinars to get more in-depth information about rights of persons with disabilities in Canada, and how various organizations use human rights perspective to ensure rights, inclusion and equality of persons with disabilities.

Online Training

A self-paced training for people interested in disability rights, CRPD and OP, and mechanisms to protect rights and how to remedy discrimination.


Training will be implemented October 2019 to March 2020 in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Edmonton, St. John’s, Montreal, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax and Toronto.