Accessibility Standards Canada will develop and revise accessibility standards that will set out how federal private sector organizations and Government of Canada departments and agencies can prevent, identify and remove barriers to accessibility.

The organization's board of directors sets its strategic direction, oversees its activities and provides advice to its Chief Executive Officer, a Governor in Council appointee. The majority of the directors are persons with disabilities and reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Director positions are part-time and are appointed by the Governor in Council.

Technical committees will be responsible for developing accessibility standards, and will include experts, persons with disabilities, and industry representatives. Stakeholders and the public will have opportunities to comment on the standards.

Accessibility standards will be published and submitted to the Minister of Accessibility, who will consider making them mandatory by adopting them into regulations.

The organization will promote, support and conduct research into the identification and removal of barriers to accessibility and the prevention of new barriers.

The organization will submit an annual report on its operations to the Minister for tabling in Parliament.

The standards developed will also serve as model standards that could be adopted by other jurisdictions.

Related links

  • The Accessible Canada Act (An Act to Ensure a Barrier Free Canada) creates a framework, which allows for the proactive identification, removal, and prevention barriers wherever Canadians interact with areas under federal jurisdiction. It puts in place mechanisms that would systematically address accessibility.
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