National AccessAbility Week

From May 28 to June 3 is the National AccessAbility Week. It is a week for Canadians to promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces, to celebrate our progress and to be inspired to further break down accessibility barriers.

We need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility and we need to do it right from the start, not as an afterthought. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities.

National AccessAbility Week aims to bring this perspective to the forefront for Canadians, and highlight some of the important initiatives the government and its partners are undertaking to bring about this change.


Accessible Canada: What we learned from Canadians

Creating new federal accessibility legislation

Consultation on accessibility

Consulting Canadians to develop planned accessibility legislation.

Registered Disability Savings Plan

A long-term savings plan to help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future.

Social Development Projects for People with Disabilities

Funding that supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities.

Enabling Accessibility Fund

Apply now until July 26, 2017 for funding for projects with capital costs of construction and renovations.

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

Funding that supports projects that help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit

Taxable benefit you may be eligible for if you are unable to work because of a disability.

Join the conversation



Transcript - National AccessAbility Week from May 28 to June 3 2017

Minister Carla Qualtrough, Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities appears on camera on a grey background. Her title appears beside her.

Hello, as Canada’s first Minister of Persons with Disabilities, I believe that all Canadians should have an equal opportunity to participate and to succeed.

People are at an accessibility consultation round table. A dancer performs at the Youth Forum, people are moving their arms to the beat and smiling. Minister Qualtrough and Prime Minister Trudeau are in the audience.

When we include people with disabilities, we build a stronger Canada for everyone. After all, Canada’s diversity has always been our biggest strength.

Minister Qualtrough appears on camera. The AccessAbility logo appears to her right.

Join me in celebrating National AccessAbility Week, May 28 to June 3.

People are at an accessibility consultation, using headsets and sign language. Associate Deputy Minister Yazmine Laroche listens to delegate.

a week dedicated to highlighting and promoting inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces across Canada.

An employee works on an assembly line.

All too often, we treat accessibility as an afterthought.

Minister Qualtrough on camera.

It’s time to change that. We’ve made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, but there is still much more work to be done. Let’s continue to work together to create a truly inclusive society for all Canadians.

Logo: AccessAbility : Promoting accessibility every day, everywhere.
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