ARCH Disability Law Centre

“The CRWDP initiative addresses a critically important topic and is very timely. People with disabilities face numerous barriers to acquiring and maintaining suitable and sustained employment. As a result, they live in poverty in disproportionately high numbers. We look forward to opportunities to engage with researchers and other Partners to address these critical issues for the community that we serve. Our work with the CRWDP will contribute to ARCH’s mandate by providing documentation of the extent to which people with disabilities have their disabilities appropriately accommodated, along with the challenges posed by, and the consequences of, not having appropriate accommodation in the workplace; the impact of employment equity legislation on participation of people with disabilities in the workforce; and, the indicators of effective employment support programs that effectively help people with disabilities obtain suitable and meaningful employment. This evidence will assist ARCH in advocating for the law and policy that will address and remove the many barriers to gainful employment that is faced by a very large number of persons with disabilities.”

ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty community legal aid clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality rights of people with disabilities in Ontario. ARCH provides legal services to help Ontarians with disabilities live with dignity and participate fully in our communities. We work with Ontarians with disabilities and the disability community on law reform and policy initiatives, community development, legal advice and referrals, public legal education and litigation.

ARCH’s legal services are provided by lawyers and articling students. Our staff report to a volunteer elected Board of Directors, at least half of whom are people with disabilities. ARCH is a not-for-profit charitable organization with members who elect the Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting. ARCH has over 60 community partners, including disability,    consumer-run, and service delivery organizations.


ARCH provides a range of legal services to people with disabilities who live in Ontario, disability advocacy organizations, and the legal profession. Please click on the link above to read more about our services for individuals, the community and lawyers.

ARCH strives at all times to provide high quality legal services in a way that respects the dignity, independence and full social inclusion of people with disabilities.  Staff, volunteers and the Board of Directors of ARCH will make every effort to provide service that accommodates a variety of physical, mental, language and cultural needs, while respecting the privacy and dignity and independence of the people served.

Priority Areas

Attendant Services; Education Law; Legal Capacity; Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Contact Information

ARCH Disability Law Centre
425 Bloor Street East, Suite 110
Toronto, ON M4W 3R4


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CRWDP Contact:

Ivana Petricone

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