About IL Canada

Founded in 1986, Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) is the national umbrella organization, representing and coordinating a network of Independent Living Centres (IL Centres) at the national level.

The Board of Directors for IL Canada are comprised of a majority of people who themselves live with a disability and include Members at Large as well as a representative from each Province where an Independent Living Centre is located.  IL Canada’s  aim has been about empowering the individual to self-identify positive changes.  IL Centres are designed to facilitate greater independence through the active and meaningful involvement of persons living with any form of disability in all aspects of their lives.

Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) commits to promoting and building awareness of its mission by undertaking the following activities:



Policy articulation and development

Guidance and support to IL Centres in     

operations, programs and services delivery Resources, training development and providing networking opportunities

Liaison and education with the government, general public, community agencies, media, nonprofit and private sector


Diane Kreuger National Chairperson image
Carole J. Barron 1st Vice Chairperson image
Mark Green 2nd Vice Chairperson image
Suzanne Larocque Treasurer image
Vacant image

Diane Kreuger

National Chairperson

Calgary, AB

Carole J. Barron

1st Vice Chairperson

St. John’s , NL

Mark Green

2nd Vice Chairperson

Regina, SK

Suzanne Larocque


Kapuskasing, ON




Provincial delegates 

Members at large

Beth Caskey – British Columbia

Vacant – Alberta

Ross McCreery – Saskatchewan

Philip Mills –  Ontario

Jacques Lapointe – Quebec

Roger Boudreau – New Brunswick

Carrie Ernst – Nova Scotia

Carole J. Barron – Newfoundland and Labrador

Diane Kreuger – Calgary, AB

Suzanne Larocque –  Kapuskasing, ON

Kimberly Yetman Dawson –  St. John’s NL

Samantha Walsh– Toronto, ON

Mark Green - Regina, SK

Our Vision

Our Principales        

Independent Living Canada envisions an inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

1. Be consumer-controlled

More than 51% of people directly involved in the organization’s management and decision-making are people with disabilities.

Independent Living Canada is a national

non-profit association of Independent Living Centres run by and for people with disabilities who promote the Independent Living Philosophy.


Independent Living Canada supports the development of Independent Living Centres, and provides education and leadership for its member organizations, partners and communities.

Our Misson


2. Serve cross disability

Offer programs and services to all persons, regardless of the type and number of their disabilities.

4. Promote full participation and integration

Supporting people with disabilities and encouraging individuals to participate in all aspects of economic, cultural and social life in Canada.

3. Be community-based and not-for-profit

People with disabilities can identify issues in their own communities which affect their lives.

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Registered Name:


Business Number: 129334082RR0001

Independent Living Canada

House of Sport – RA Centre

2451 Riverside Drive Ottawa ON Canada K1H 7X7

TÉL :  1-877-713-3373 

(613) 563-2581

fax.:  (613) 563-3861