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Federal Accessibility Legislation

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The Government of Canada is preparing to table a national legislation to promote equality of opportunity, inclusion and participation for Canadians who have disabilities. This law is needed because Canadians with disabilities face ongoing, persistent and daily barriers to goods, services and opportunities in their lives. A national accessibility law could obligate businesses, services and organizations to make their goods, services and opportunities accessible for people with disabilities.

CDAC is providing input to the federal government on ways to include accessibility for people with communication disabilities.

We have been told that the bill could be tabled anytime after March 9, 2018.

We need your help to make sure this bill will be passed into law!

1. Immediate action: MPs should know that this bill is coming and is important to their constituents.

Timeline: Before March 9, 2018.

What you can do: Write to your MP to tell them that we are interested in this bill and to encourage them to support it when tabled.

Resource: See sample message to MPs below.

2. First reading: The bill is considered read for the first time and is printed.

Timeline: To be determined

What you can do: Write to your MP requesting that they support the bill and explain why it is important.

3. Second Reading: Members debate the bill’s principle.

Timeline: To be determined

What you can do: Email CDAC and tell us what you like in the bill and how it could be improved for people with communication disabilities.

4. Committee Stage: Committee members study the bill clause by clause. They will hold hearings to gather information. The committee can propose amendments, or changes, to the bill.

Timeline: To be determined

What you can do: Apply and/or support a person to present at the hearings.

5. Third Reading: Members debate and vote on the bill.

Timeline: To be determined

What we can do: Write to your MPs and Senators to ask them to support the bill and explain why it is important

6. Senate: The bill follows a similar process.

Timeline: To be determined

7. Royal Assent: The bill receives Royal Assent after being passed by both Houses.

 

Resources:

Notice to Clinicians

Notice for People with Communication Disabilities

Sample Message to MP (February 2018)

 

Email: admin@cdacanada.com