Statement by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough on #PurpleLightUp in support of International Day of Persons with Disabilities


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Gatineau, Quebec, December 3, 2018 – Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, made the following statement on the #PurpleLightUp movement in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

“Today marks the United Nations 26th annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and I am pleased to announce that at dusk, federal government buildings across the country will be lit up in purple to promote and support the economic empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

“In illuminating about 30 federal buildings, the Government of Canada is joining a global movement, #PurpleLightUp, to celebrate the contribution of persons with disabilities around the world.

“The Government of Canada aims to create a truly inclusive and accessible Canada that empowers all Canadians to fully and equally participate socially and economically in their communities and workplaces.”

Quick fact

The #PurpleLightUp is an initiative of the United Kingdom organization, PurpleSpace, focused on mobilizing public and private sector employers towards a common goal of inclusion and equality in the workplace.


List of Government of Canada buildings taking part in #PurpleLightUp 2018:

National Capital Region

  • Connaught Building, 555 MacKenzie Avenue, Ottawa, ON
  • Lester B. Pearson Building, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON
  • M.J. Nadon Building, 73 Leikin Drive, Ottawa, ON
  • Sir William Logan Building, 580-588 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON
  • Thomas D’Arcy McGee Building, 90 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON
  • 455 DLC, 455 De la Carrière Boulevard, Gatineau, QC
  • Portage I, 50 Victoria Street, Gatineau, QC
  • Portage II, 165 Hôtel de Ville Street, Gatineau, QC
  • Portage III, 11 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC
  • Portage IV, 140 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, QC

Quebec Region

  • Dominique Ducharme Building, 400 Marguerite-D’Youville Street, Montréal, QC
  • René-Nicolas Levasseur Building, 130 Dalhousie Street, Québec, QC

Ontario Region

  • Government of Canada Building, 200 Town Centre, Toronto, ON

Atlantic Region

  • John Cabot Building, 10 Barters Hill Road, St. John’s, NL
  • Gulf Fisheries Centre, 343 University Avenue, Moncton, NB
  • Miramichi Pay Centre, 2 Victoria Avenue, Miramichi, NB
  • Shediac Pension Centre, 10 Weldon Street, Shediac, NB
  • Government of Canada Building, 47 Dorchester Street, Sydney, NS
  • Marine House, 176 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS
  • Daniel J. MacDonald Building, 161 Grafton Street, Charlottetown, PE
  • Jean Canfield Building, 191 Great George Street, Charlottetown, PE
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters Division L, 450 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE

Western Region

  • Winnipeg Tax Centre, 66 Stapon Road, Winnipeg, MB
  • ITAX, 1955 Smith Street, Regina, SK
  • Greenstone Building, 101 50 Avenue, Yellowknife, NWT

Pacific Region

  • PL James Place, 1230 Government Street, Victoria, BC
  • Fraser Valley Tax Services, 9737 King George Boulevard, Surrey, BC
  • Elijah Smith Building, 300 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT
  • Range Road, 419 Range Road, Whitehorse, YT


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