Backgrounder: Government of Canada shares what we learned by asking ‘What does an accessible Canada mean to you?'

Backgrounder

Consultation to Inform Planned Accessibility Legislation

Minister Qualtrough, Canada’s first Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, with the support of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, was mandated by the Prime Minister to lead an engagement process with Canadians, including Canadians with disabilities, provinces, territories, municipalities, and other stakeholders, that would inform planned legislation that will transform how the Government of Canada addresses accessibility.

Consultations were held between July 2016 and February 2017 and included a National Youth Forum attended by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.

National AccessAbility Week

Between May 28 and June 3, 2017 is National AccessAbility Week. It is a week for Canadians to promote inclusion and accessibility in communities and workplaces, to celebrate our progress and to be inspired to further break down accessibility barriers.

An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in communities and workplaces.

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.


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