Following eight months of consultations held with Canadians from coast to coast, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, released a report on Monday entitled, “Creating new national accessibility legislation: What we learned from Canadians.”
Throughout the consultations, the Government of Canada asked a number of important questions, including:
- What should be the goal of the new legislation?
- What accessibility barriers should be included?
- How do we make sure the new legislation is being followed?
- In addition to the new legislation, how should we better promote accessibility?
- How do we ensure that all Canadians are informed on a regular basis if the new legislation is working, or if it needs to be improved?
The public consultations on Canada’s first national accessibility law identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed.
Read the key messages laid out in the report.