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Accessible Canada Act

June 20, 2018

The Government of Canada has announced that it is launching an Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada.

The Accessible Canada Act was announced yesterday by The Honourable Kirsty Duncan M.P. Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. The Act, which has come as a result of extensive consultation with Canadians with disabilities, hopes to ensure more consistent accessibility in areas within federal jurisdiction across Canada.

The bill outlines strategies to create a Canada free of barriers for people with disabilities, with guidelines to help identify existing barriers and prevent new ones for being created. This includes:

  • Built environments
  • Employment
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Procurement of goods and services
  • Delivering programs and services; and
  • Transportation

Dr Stuart Howe, Chief Executive Officer for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario said: “This is a historic day for Canada. The Accessible Canada Act has groundbreaking potential for people all across the country. With at least one person a day sustaining a spinal cord injury in Ontario alone, SCIO is delighted to see the federal Government making moves towards a country which is accessible for everyone.”

Representatives from Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and Spinal Cord Injury Canada will be working with the government to respond to the tabled legislation. You can read the plain language version of the bill here.

If you would be interested in providing feedback or if you have any questions please e-mail advocacy@sciontario.org

 

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