The federal government will heed the calls of Canada’s disabled community and amend the country’s first piece of national accessibility legislation to include some of the changes they sought, the minister spearheading the effort said Thursday.
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Canada is finally on the verge of passing federal disability legislation. So why aren’t I, a disabled woman, celebrating? Because Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act is not the legislation many disabled Canadians asked for or need. Instead of being a consistently applied right, accessibility in Canada is still a “special treat that some of us get to experience, sometimes.
The federal government’s accessibility legislation has gone to the Senate after seeing several amendments in the House of Commons, but lawyers who work with those who have disabilities say that more amendments are still needed to the bill – particularly when it comes to timelines and the complexity of the complaints process.
Disability activists say Ottawa has ignored their calls to strengthen Canada’s first national accessibility legislation and are urging the Senate to intervene. More than 90 groups, including the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and Ontario-based ARCH Disability Law, say the proposed Accessible Canada Act, passed by Parliament Nov.