Accessibility in the public service

Accessibility in the public service

Information on accessibility in the public service, including the accessibility strategy for the public service, supporting initiatives and legislation

Read the progress reports

Services and information

Making an accessible Canada for persons with disabilities

The Accessible Canada Act, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, other initiatives to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

Accessibility, Accommodation and Adaptive Computer Technology

Support for employees with disabilities, injuries and ergonomic requirements in their workplace

Benchmarking Study of Workplace Accommodations

Results of the 2019 Benchmarking Study of Workplace Accommodations in the federal public service and related studies

The Centralized Enabling Workplace Fund

A fund investing in research, tools and innovation aimed at improving workplace accommodation practices and removing barriers that create a need for accommodation.

Hiring Persons with Disabilities Toolkit

Managers and Human Resources professionals can easily find helpful information, tips, and strategies to recruit and hire persons with disabilities (accessible only on the Government of Canada network).

Nothing without us: An accessibility strategy for the Public Service of Canada

Our vision is to make Canada’s public service the most accessible and inclusive in the world. Our work is in setting the conditions for the public service of Canada to identify, prevent, and remove barriers to participation for persons with disabilities. Our strategy is a roadmap to prepare the public service to lead by example and become a model of accessibility for others, in Canada and abroad.

Latest Videos

Transcript - Message from Deputy Minister Yazmine Laroche for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Hi everyone, Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

Today we’re celebrating the valuable contributions of public servants and Canadians with disabilities. And we’re also celebrating everybody who is working to identify, to remove and to prevent barriers to the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in our workplaces and in our communities.

I hope you will take the time to pause and reflect on just how much we have accomplished in the last year. A year when the very real challenges of a pandemic have required new ways of thinking about the work we that we do, about how we do it, about where we do it and about who can do it. I’m so proud of the efforts right across the federal public service to advance inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We are focused on working collaboratively in the spirit of allyship to build a public service that is truly free of harassment, discrimination and exclusion.

Today I’m thrilled to announce the release of our second annual Progress Report on the Implementation of Nothing Without Us, the Accessibility Strategy for the Federal Public Service. The report shares highlights of what we’ve achieved this past year and it showcases accessibility initiatives underway throughout the public service. I encourage everybody to read the report. It is available at Canada.ca/AccessibleGC.

Federal public servants, I hope that you will attend today’s virtual event hosted by our colleagues at Shared Services Canada. It is going to be amazing. And again, this year, many Government of Canada buildings and notable landmarks across the country will light up in purple to celebrate and draw attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million employees with disabilities around the world! Thanks everybody, and remember, we are truly stronger together!

Transcript - The Honourable Mona Fortier’s message to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities

I am delighted to join so many others in marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities. As the country’s largest employer, the Government of Canada is committed to building a diverse, accessible and inclusive federal public service that truly reflects the population it serves.

In 2019, the accessibility strategy, Nothing Without Us, was launched. Since then, we’ve achieved great progress to guide the public service of Canada in becoming the most accessible and inclusive in the world. We have all learned and adapted to new ways of doing things as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand the accessibility barriers your colleagues may face in the workplace or while working remotely.

At the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Office of Public Service Accessibility has led the way by developing tools and resources to help us identify, remove, and prevent barriers to full participation in the workplace.

I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the people behind these advancements and everyone working with us to build a more accessible and inclusive federal public service. As the new President of the Treasury Board of Canada, I am very pleased to continue the great work that is already underway, providing services to Canadians that are barrier-free, so that everyone can fully participate.

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Features

Making it real: update on the implementation of “Nothing Without Us” – Accessibility Strategy for the Public Service of Canada (2021)

Our work is in setting the conditions for the public service of Canada to identify, prevent, and remove barriers to participation for persons with disabilities.

Infographic: Implementing the Accessibility Strategy – Highlights 2021

Infographic: Implementing the Accessibility Strategy – Highlights 2021

Improvements in the accessibility and inclusiveness of public service workplaces in 2021.

Image of Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility

"Leaving No One Behind" While Celebrating National AccessAbility Week 2021

Check out Deputy Minister Yazmine Laroche's latest blog post on accessibility issues.

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