The Government of Canada plans on passing legislation to transform how accessibility is addressed in the country, and to support this, it has launched a national consultation process. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities is seeking the public's input, including feedback on the goals, approach, scope, and enforcement of the legislation. She asks, "What does an accessible Canada mean to you?"
Barriers faced by individuals with disabilities include physical and digital barriers that prevent access to the built environment, public transportation, information, or technology, as well as outdated policies, public attitudes, and misconceptions. The planned legislation aims to ensure that all Canadians have equal opportunities to participate in their communities and in the workplace.
Canadians can attend in-person consultation sessions starting in September 2016, or they can engage in online consultations to be launched very soon, by completing a questionnaire, replying to questions, or submitting a video in English, French, American Sign Language or Langue du signe du Quebec. The process will be ongoing until February of 2017.
Minister Qualtrough is encouraging individuals to follow @AccessibleGC on Twitter, Accessible Canada on Facebook, and the #AccessibleCanada hashtag. To read more about the initiative, watch informative videos, or participate in online consultation, visit its website here. You can also read the news article about the launch of the consultation process here.