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A Barrier-Free Canada is almost here

Sharing a message we received today from Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Good morning,

I am writing to let you know that Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada, has been placed on the Notice Paper of the House of Commons for consideration and concurrence of amendments made in the Senate. More importantly, I wanted to personally inform you that our government intends to accept all of the amendments made by the Senate.

I look forward to the upcoming House of Commons debate and vote, which will take us one step closer to accomplishing our shared goal of the realization of an Accessible Canada Act. Reaching this stage could not have been made possible without the strong and continuous support of Canadians and the disability community, and your tireless work to ensure we have a strong bill.

I expect the debate in the House of Commons to take place next week coinciding with National AccessAbility Week. If the motion regarding the Senate amendments is adopted by the House, the proposed bill will proceed to Royal Assent. What a wonderful and timely opportunity to highlight how we are creating an Accessible Canada.

You can read the text of the motion at the following link:

https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/house/sitting-418/order-notice/page-13?col=2.

Once this bill becomes law, I look forward to working with you to celebrate and implement this historic legislation.

Yours sincerely,

Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Action required on Bill C81

The following message is from the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA).  CDAC is on the leadership team of FALA.

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Communication in Bill C 81

Senator Dean will speak about the importance of communication access for all as he addresses the Senate at 6 pm ET today.  https://sencanada.ca/en/content/sen/chamber/421/orderpaper/287op_2019-05-13-e

Bill C 81 update

Bill C-81 is scheduled for Third Reading in the Senate on Monday, May 13. The Senate meeting begins at 6 PM EDT and will be available to watch via video. If Bill C-81 is approved by the Senate at Third Reading, it goes to the House for their approval and with that, Royal Assent. Here is a link to the Senate agenda for May 13.

https://sencanada.ca/en/content/sen/chamber/421/orderpaper/287op_2019-05-13-e

Here is a link to the presentation of the revised bill in the Senate Wednesday, May 8.

https://sencanada.ca/en/content/sen/chamber/421/debates/285db_2019-05-08-e#45

You will notice that the area of Communication has been amended by the Senate to include sign languages, ASL and LSQ.  While CDAC supports the recognition of sign languages, it is important to note that CDAC advocated for more inclusive language to include a range of communication methods, such as writing, typing, pictures, symbols, speech generating devices, communication assistance in addition to sign languages.

National Disability Summit

National Disability Summit

CDAC was invited to participate at the National Disability Summit, May 9 and 10, 2019 which was hosted by the Hon. Carla Qualtrough.  The focus of the Summit was to explore ways to create a barrier-free Canada as Bill C -81 moves  towards Royal Assent. CDAC shared information about accessibility for people who have speech, language and communication disabilities and how to make services communication accessible.

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