Accessible Canada Act

CDAC provides input to the government of Canada on the development of Bill C-81 (Accessible Canada Act) and is on the leadership team of the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA).

On Oct 22, 2018, CDAC was invited to present to the HUMA Standing Committee.  On Nov 21, 2018, Hon. Carla Qualtrough (Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, Lib.) amended the bill to include communication.  In her address to the House of Commons, she said  “….the current purpose clause was amended to add communication as a priority area. We heard compelling testimony in committee that spoke to the impact of barriers to communication, particularly for persons with communication and language disabilities. This amendment prioritizes the barriers experienced by people with communication and language disabilities that can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. By making communication a priority in and of itself, we can guarantee a consistent, harmonized approach to addressing the barriers to accessibility faced by people with communication disabilities in every federally regulated sector. “

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