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Canada Seeks Feedback on Updating Accessibility Law

  • Screenshot of video featuring Canada's Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, with title text 'What does an accessible Canada mean to you?'

    The Canadian government announced it would accept public comment on how to craft more comprehensive accessibility law for the nation’s disabled population.

    Canada’s federal government lacks the kind of sweeping disability law that the United States observes (Americans with Disabilities Act). Accessibility law varies by province, with Ontario enacting some of the world’s strictest accessibility legislation (AODA).

    Taking a cue from other countries demanding better accessibility policies, Canada is moving towards ensuring people with disabilities are properly and fully included in society.

    Canadian Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough, delivered this message on an official video (with closed captioning, for course): “We have a long road ahead, but this is a big step to ensure our communities become more accessible for all Canadians.”

    The Consultation

    The first step in passing Canada’s new accessibility law is to solicit feedback on what the law should include.

    The Office for Disabilities launched a public consultation campaign that lasts from July 2016 to February 2017. During that time, Canadian citizens are invited to submit suggestions to the government.

    On the consultation’s official website, it states that the governments seeks comment on:

    We have a long road ahead, but this is a big step to ensure our communities become more accessible for all Canadians.

    Carla Qualtrough
    Canadian Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

    • The overall goal of the new accessibility law
    • Who should be covered
    • Which accessibility issues and barriers it should address
    • How it could be monitored and enforced
    • The frequency and timing of its renewal or revision
    • How to educate the public on the law
    • How to raise accessibility awareness

    How to Give Feedback

    Canadian citizens can submit suggestions for consideration via:

    • Online survey
    • Calling 1-844-836-8126
    • Sending an email to accessible-canada@hrsdc.gc.ca
    • Sending mail to:

      Consultation – Accessibility Legislation
      c/o Office for Disability Issues
      Employment and Social Development Canada
      105 Hotel-de-ville St., 1st floor, Bag 62
      Gatineau QC K1A 0J9.

    • Visiting the Office for Disability Issues in person

    To learn more about the most progressive disability legislation in Canada, download this white paper:

    Download the white paper: Accessibility in Ontario: How the AODA Impacts Web and Online Video

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