Accessibility Legislation – Participate in online consultations

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Accessibility Legislation – Participate in online consultations

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announcing the launch of the Accessible Canada consultation process.
In June, the Government of Canada launched a national consultation process that will transform how the Government of Canada addresses accessibility. The process to develop new legislation includes online and in-person questionnaires, with all Canadians invited to participate.

"We have made considerable progress in making our society more inclusive, but there is still work to do. Canadians with disabilities continue to face barriers in their daily lives,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, at the launch event.

The Government of Canada released a statement on the Consulting with Canadians on planned accessibility legislation webpage, indicating their commitment to developing the new planned accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.

The public consultation is your chance to share your thoughts on developing new accessibility legislation. The questionnaire looks for your input on topics such as; feedback on the overall goal and approach, whom it should cover, what accessibility issues and barriers it should address, how it could be monitored and enforced, when or how often it should be reviewed, how and when to report to Canadians on its implementation, and how to raise accessibility awareness more generally and support organizations in improving accessibility.

Canadians are encouraged to participate in the online consultations by filling out questionnaires found here, or by attending on of the in-person consultations across Canada.

This consultation is open from now until February 2017.

 

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