Minister Chagger Recognizes Contributions of Canadian Entrepreneurs on the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Statement

Ottawa, December 3, 2015—On the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, made the following statement:

"Today we recognize the successes of persons with disabilities worldwide. It is our duty to raise awareness about disability issues and to work to ensure that all Canadians can participate equally in society.

"An estimated one billion persons with disabilities around the world face barriers such as equal access to employment. 'Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities' is the theme of the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Canadian entrepreneurs are already leading the way in breaking down these barriers. Many are making adjustments to their businesses or are incorporating technologies that support persons with disabilities as they make meaningful contributions in the workplace. Our government recognizes the need to continue improving accessibility. We will work with businesses to make a better Canada possible for everyone.

"As Minister of Small Business and Tourism, I recognize those who have tapped into the talents of people with disabilities and are providing barrier-free employment opportunities."

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For further information, please contact:

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

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