Accessibility Canada Act Archives

Federal Disability Act

June 20, 2018

Accessibility Legislation a Way for Canada to Realize Its International Human Rights Commitments

Today Canada’s disability community welcomes the tabling of the federal accessibility legislation, by Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan.  A key election promise in the 2015 election, Canadians with disabilities, nation-wide, have been deeply engaged in discussion about the new law for the past 18 months, and we are pleased that Minister Duncan has taken this important step before the House adjourns for the summer.   By doing this, we now have the summer to study the legislation and ensure that it meets the standards we have recommended to Government. In 2015, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) responded to the promised law by making it known that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which Canada ratified in 2010, provides a roadmap for the government to follow for the achievement of robust accessibility legislation that will significantly improve disabled people’s enjoyment of our human rights. “We have been clear from the beginning of the process that we have no appetite for a “light accessibility law,” states Jewelles Smith, CCD Chairperson, who went further to say: “This new law must be robust and comprehensive to achieve what it sets out to do and we look forward to the opportunity to review and work with Parliamentarians as needed to ensure this vital objective.” Read more.

November 6, 2016

Consulting with Canadians on Planned Accessibility Legislation

The Government of Canada is seeking your ideas to inform the development of planned accessibility legislation. Read more.

October 31, 2016

Youth with Disabilities Advise on the Creation of an Accessible and Inclusive Canada

At the National Youth Forum, Natalie Spagnuolo, a member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities' (CCD) Social Policy Committee, will provide recommendations on where the Government of Canada should provide leadership to improve opportunities for participation by people with disabilities as it moves forward with promised accessibility legislation. Read more.

October 30, 2016

Advertisement - Project Manager

The Council of Canadian with Disabilities (CCD) is seeking a Project Manager. CCD is the lead organization on a multi-agency research collaborative, The Alliance, whose purpose is to consult Canadians on the Development of Federal Accessibility Legislation. Read more.

October 20, 2016

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Talking about Federal Accessibility Legislation

The federal Government plans to pass an accessibility act to make Canada more inclusive and, until March 2017, it will be consulting Canadians about the legislation through a survey and in-person consultations.  6 key points to emphasize at consultations are:  1. Use the act to implement the CRPD, 2. NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US, 3. Name the Act: the National Accessibility and Inclusion Act, 4. Focus on federal issues, 5. An Act must have teeth to remedy barriers, so it must deliver more than voluntary standards and awareness raising activities, 6. Strong measures to support implementation.  Read more.

October 13, 2016

What does an Accessible Canada mean to you?

In-person consultation sessions are taking place across Canada to inform the development of planned accessibility legislation. All Canadians are encouraged to take part in the consultation process, either by attending an in-person session or by participating in the online consultation.  Read more.