Advocate for Persons with Disabilities consultation

Albertans feedback will help inform the mandate and priorities for the new Advocate for Persons with Disabilities.

Advocate recruitment status: Closed
Consultation status: Under review - survey closed March 31
Ministry responsible: Community and Social Services

Overview

The Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Act was passed in the Alberta legislature in May 2017 and is expected to be proclaimed into law in the spring of 2018.

The act will allow the government to better support persons with disabilities and their families by:

  • naming an Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
  • assigning staff to support the work of an Advocate
  • empowering the Advocate to represent the rights, interests and viewpoints of persons with disabilities

The advocate will report to the Minister of Community and Social Services and will be required to submit an annual report.

Establishing an advocate was a recommendation from Albertans with disabilities during the PDD Safety Standard Consultation in 2016. Advocacy was identified as critical within the PDD community to ensure people with disabilities are supported to lead fulfilling lives.

Alberta will be one of the first jurisdictions in the country to have an advocate specifically dedicated to persons with disabilities.

Public engagement

In March 2018, more than 1,300 Albertans with disabilities, families, service providers and support organizations provided input on the planned role and responsibilities of the advocate as outlined in the act.

Participants identified the following top priorities for the advocate's first year of work:

  • identify different needs and issues of people with disabilities
  • establish relationships with people living with disabilities

Additional findings from the engagement will be posted once they're available.

Outcomes

The advocate's mandate is to enhance the well-being and quality of life for Albertans with disabilities. Their input will be used to inform the roles and responsibilities of the advocate and its focus for the first couple of years.

Over the coming months we will:

  • select an advocate through a competitive recruitment process
  • establish an office space and hire support staff

The advocate's office is expected to be operational soon after the advocate is appointed and the act is proclaimed.

Recruiting an advocate

Recruitment is now closed for Alberta’s Advocate for Persons with Disabilities.

The successful candidate will work with children, youth and adults with disabilities to enhance their well-being and quality of life in Alberta.

Contact

For general questions about the advocate, contact the Ministry of Community and Social Services at advocate.disability@gov.ab.ca