Major step toward a barrier-free Canada with coming into force of Accessible Canada Regulations

December 22, 2021              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

When everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in society from the start, we will all benefit as a country.  That is why the Government of Canada is taking concrete steps towards a barrier-free Canada.  

Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced a major milestone with the implementation of the Accessible Canada Regulations.

The regulations, published today in Part II of the Canada Gazette, require federally regulated organizations to report to the public on their policies and practices to identify and remove existing barriers. These regulations apply to organizations such as federal departments, agencies, parliamentary entities, Crown corporations and federally regulated private sector entities.

Through the Accessible Canada Regulations, key areas such as federal facilities, information technology, transportation and the design and delivery of programs will be more accessible to Canadians with disabilities. This builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment to working closely with disability stakeholders to create communities, workplaces and services that are inclusive and enable everyone to participate fully in society.

The Accessible Canada Act (ACA) is part of building a Canada without barriers by 2040. In addition to the ACA and these new regulations, the Government of Canada is developing the first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which will include a new Canada Disability Benefit, improved processes for eligibility for Government disability programs and benefits, and a robust employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities. These strong measures will help create a more inclusive Canada.

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