Historic Accessible Canada Act Tabled in Parliament
New Westminster, B.C., June 20, 2018 -The Accessible Canada Act was passed today in Ottawa, marking an historic day for people with disabilities across Canada.
Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-free Canada was introduced to Parliament by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
The Canadian Association for Community Living (our national federation) has responded to the announcement. Read their release here.
Inclusion BC Executive Director Faith Bodnar says, “The new Accessible Canada Act is a watershed for our country as it sets out the expectation and presumption of inclusion for Canadians with disabilities. The Act will propel Canada forward as we reach our goal of being a truly inclusive country that values all citizens, while also ensuring that they have access to supports and services they need.”
The act aims to create a barrier-free Canada “through the proactive identification, removal, and prevention of barriers to accessibility wherever Canadians interact with areas under federal jurisdiction.”