For too long, persons with disabilities have struggled to be a part of society. They’ve been treated unfairly and not given the same opportunities as others. But things are changing.

For 50 years, EmployAbilities has helped persons with disabilities find jobs and advocated for changes that improve the lives of people with disabilities in the workplace. One such change we supported is adopting a nationwide Act that aims to create barrier-free communities, workplaces, and services for all Canadians. Let’s look at this recent move forward to equality: The Accessible Canada Act.

What is the Accessible Canada Act?

The Accessible Canada Act was passed into law in 2019. The purpose of the Act is to create a barrier-free Canada by 2040. It was created with input from persons with disabilities to ensure their voices were heard.

The Accessible Canada Act has 7 Priorities

  • Jobs
  • Buildings and places
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Communication other than ICT
  • Programs and service delivery
  • Access to goods, services, and facilities
  • Transportation

What Next?

To help make sure the law is followed, a group called Accessibility Standards Canada was created. They make rules to make sure places and things are accessible to everyone. At first, following these rules is optional, but eventually, they might become mandatory.

Who Does the Accessible Canada Act Apply To?

  • Industries like banking, transportation, and communication
  • Government of Canada
  • Crown corporations
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • First Nations band councils

Positive Steps Forward for Persons with Disabilities

With laws like the Accessible Canada Act, Canada moves forward with everyone, including persons with disabilities. It’s all about ensuring everyone has the same chances to succeed and be happy in their communities and workplaces.

More Information:

Accessible Canada