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Bill C-81, The Accessible Canada Act

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The Accessible Canada Act:

The Government of Canada is committed to eliminating systemic barriers and delivering equality of opportunity to all Canadians living with disabilities. That is why on June 20, 2018 the federal government introduced the Accessible Canada Act. The Accessible Canada Act will ensure the more than 500,000 Canadians living with sight loss can fully participate and have equal opportunity within federally regulated jurisdictions.

Prior to the introduction of legislation, a national consultation process was held. CNIB was also part of two groups of disability-led consultations. View these reports by visiting the Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada and the Canadian Access and Inclusion Project.

CNIB has created a briefing document to help clarify legal jargon. Read CNIB's plain language summary of Bill C-81 or listen in accessible audio format.

How we're advocating:

After the Accessible Canada Act was tabled in the House of Commons, CNIB conducted a survey of clients and advocates to hear specific recommendations for strengthening the legislation from the sight loss community. We have prepared an analysis of the survey including recommendations and themes from our respondents.

We used the recommendations and themes from our survey analysis to inform Members of Parliament as they study what amendments might be necessary to the legislation. CNIB has met with members of all parties to inform their studies of Bill C-81 with specific input from the sight-loss community.

CNIB was asked to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA Committee) as they studied the Accessible Canada Act. They heard from several disability groups, federally regulated employers, and Crown Corporations to inform their study of the Bill, and hear what amendments might be necessary. CNIB also submitted a written brief to the Committee.