Accessibility in the public service

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

Services and information

Making an accessible Canada for persons with disabilities

Proposed 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

Bill C-81 – Status of legislation

Status of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada, in Parliament

National AccessAbility Week 2019

Highlight and celebrate the work the Government of Canada is doing to demonstrate leadership in accessibility

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.

Read the full strategy

What we are doing

Transcript - The Government of Canada launches its first ever accessibility strategy (ASL translation)

The Public Service Accessibility Strategy sets out five goals and they’re all important, they’re all equally important, but if I had to pick the one that can have the most potential to make a difference, I would have to say it’s goal number five, which is to create an accessibility confident public service.

A public service were employees with disabilities can fully participate, can be included, can be valued, where differences are embraced and that everybody can work to their full potential and contribute to their maximum.

One of the biggest challenge that people face with the public service and the workplace in general, is always having to advocate for yourself as a person with a disability and how challenging that can be at times.

In my opinion, the most important aspects of the strategy are to be able to give persons with disabilities access to reasonable accommodations within a streamlined and effective format, and ensure that employees do not have to wait weeks or months to be able to access the tools that they need to complete their jobs.

Accessibility is so important to me, because this is Canada. We’re a country that values diversity, we believe in its richness, and so we should have a country in which no Canadian feels left behind.

In which every Canadian feels that they can make their very best contribution, in our country, and in our public service.

And because of that, we are developing the Public Service Accessibility Strategy, that is going to focus on five key areas, designed to really make our public service the best it can be in terms of accessibility.

For more information, you can go to Canada.ca/accessibleGC.

Features

Image of Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility

Taking the Accessibility Strategy North, West, and Back Again

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

1st consultation - What We Heard

Results from first consultation with public servants held between and .

2nd consultation - What We Heard

Results from second consultation with public servants held between and .

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