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Federal accessibility legislation:
Today, following the most inclusive and accessible consultation with Canadians with disabilities and with the disability community, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, introduced the proposed Accessible Canada Act to Parliament. This historic legislation would enable the Government of Canada to take a proactive approach to end systemic discrimination of people with disabilities.
The goal of the legislation is to benefit all Canadians, especially Canadians with disabilities, through the progressive realization of a barrier-free Canada. The act would establish a model to eliminate accessibility barriers and lead to more consistent accessibility in areas under federal jurisdiction across Canada.
The bill outlines how the Government of Canada will require organizations under federal jurisdiction to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility, including in:
- the built environment (buildings and public spaces);
- employment (job opportunities and employment policies and practices);
- information and communication technologies (digital content and technologies used to access it);
- the procurement of goods and services;
- the delivery of programs and services;
- transportation (by air as well as by rail, ferry and bus carriers that operate across provincial, territorial or international borders).
Because It’s 2018! “Nothing About Us Without Us” in Canada’s New Accessibility Legislation
When Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on March 11, 2010, it committed to rid the country of barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully enjoying their human rights. Some examples of systemic discrimination in Canada’s federal jurisdiction include: devices, such as point of sale terminals and set-top boxes for cable TV, that require a user to interact with visual cues without an audio alternative for blind users; mobility devices routinely damaged by air carriers; public spaces, ranging from work stations in the public service to national parks, that are not designed to meet the needs of people with varying abilities. In 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau tasked the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, then the Hon. Carla Qualtrough and now the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, with the creation of accessibility legislation. The green lighting of accessibility legislation has finally, after eight years, created the opportunity to begin robust implementation of the CRPD in Canada.
Key to the success of the CRPD is the principal “Nothing About Us Without Us.” This understanding guided the CRPD’s authors to engage with disabled people and their organizations, so that we were integrally involved in the drafting of the Convention. Canadians with disabilities are endeavoring to once again take the “Nothing About Us Without Us” principle to accessibility legislation. The Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada is working hard to convey the vision of Canadians with disabilities have for this legislation to the Government of Canada as it prepares draft legislation for consideration in the spring of this year.
Items for the SALT website; email to Peter Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers (maybe) to represent SALT/monitor activities at either the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta or the Canadian Association of Retired People (we’ll discuss need at the November 13 meeting)