Creating accessibility standards

Accessibility Standards Canada creates and reviews standards that apply to:

These standards will aim to prevent, identify and eliminate accessibility barriers. Accessibility standards may also be submitted to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. She may adopt them into regulations.

Priority areas

During the Accessible Canada Act consultations, the government learned which areas are most important to Canadians for improving accessibility. Under the Act, Accessibility Standards Canada needs to work with:

  • persons with disabilities and other experts
  • industry representatives
  • other stakeholders

The following 7 priorities, as identified in the Accessible Canada Act, guide our priorities and work:

  • employment
  • the built environment
  • information and communication technologies
  • communication, other than information and communication technologies
  • the procurement of goods, services and facilities
  • the design and delivery of programs and services
  • transportation

Technical committees

The application period to become a member of the technical committees on plain language and outdoor spaces is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. We will be in touch in a few weeks to share news about the launch of these two committees.

Keep an eye on this site for news this fall about the launch of our next technical committees.


The technical committees:

  • identify where persons with disabilities may face barriers related to its area of focus
  • develop a national standard, or a suite of standards, to work towards eliminating these barriers

If members need to travel, Accessibility Standards Canada covers expenditures, as per the Government of Canada travel directive.


Each technical committee will have 12 to 18 members to represent the following categories:

  • persons with disabilities

    According to the Accessible Canada Act, "disability" means any impairment that stops a person from fully and fairly participating in society.

  • industry and commerce
    • Manufacturers, producers and designers
    • Service industries
    • Distribution, warehousing and transport companies
    • Retailers
    • Insurance companies and banks
    • Business and trade associations
  • government authorities
    • Groups that represent regional treaty organizations
    • Federal, provincial and territorial or municipal government groups
    • Groups that make rules
  • consumer and public interest
    • Groups that represent consumers and that have nothing to do with "industry and commerce"
    • Experts who represent consumers or the public interest
  • labour and unions

    Groups that represent trade unions and trade union federations. The goal of these groups is to look out for the collective interest of employees in relation to their employers.

  • university groups and research groups
    • Universities and other higher educational institutions
    • Teachers who represent the universities
    • Professional associations
    • Research institutions
  • non-governmental organizations
    • Groups that do not aim to make profits and that care about society or the environment
  • standards development organizations
    • An accredited organization that makes, approves, publishes and manages standards

Compensation for individual members

We are adopting Canadian and international practices to develop accessibility standards. We will recruit experts from various backgrounds. These are volunteer roles, as most members will represent organizations (see above). If an individual with a disability is not paid by an organization, we will compensate them for their role as an expert on a technical committee.

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