Canadians with Disabilities Consultations
The Government of Canada is committed to eliminating systemic
barriers and delivering equality of opportunity to all Canadians living with
disabilities. A national consultation process is underway to help inform the
development of planned legislation that will transform how the Government of
Canada addresses accessibility.
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough has
highlighted the critical importance of accessibility and affirmed the
Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring all Canadians can participate
equally in their communities and workplaces.
“We have made considerable progress in
making our society more inclusive, but there is still work to do," said
the Minister Qualtrough. "Together, we will make history. Canadians with
disabilities continue to face barriers in their daily lives. What does an
accessible Canada mean to you?"
She outlined that many Canadians continue to face barriers that
affect their ability to participate in daily activities that most people take
for granted. Barriers could include:
- physical, architectural and electronic barriers that impact
the ability of people with disabilities to move freely in the built
environment, to use public transportation or to access information or use
- attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions that some people may
have about people with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and
- outdated policies and practices that do not take into
account the varying abilities and disabilities that people may have.
The Government of Canada is seeking input for this planned
- feedback on the overall goal and approach;
- to whom would apply;
- what accessibility issues and barriers it could address;
- how it could be monitored and enforced; and
- what else the Government of Canada could do to improve
In a commitment to help people who are
blind or partially sighted have their voices heard in this initiative, CNIB has
partnered with two groups to help bring additional consultation opportunities
to our clients and advocates.