Canadians have their say on an Accessible Canada in Victoria, Québec and Montréal

Public sessions in Vancouver and Ottawa are next

OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - In the past two weeks, the Government of Canada held public sessions in Victoria, Québec and Montréal, as part of the consultation process to inform planned accessibility legislation. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, is leading consultations on the accessibility barriers Canadians face in their daily lives, as well as listening and engaging with Canadians on what the Government of Canada can do to address these issues.

Next stops for public sessions include Vancouver on November 26; Ottawa on November 30; Charlottetown on December 8; Halifax on December 9; and Toronto on February 8. Canadians can pre-register at accessible-canada@hrsdc.gc.ca, or just present themselves at the time and place of the public session.

All Canadians are encouraged to participate in the consultation by attending an in-person session near them, or by completing the online questionnaire. More information on in-person locations and a link to the questionnaire can be found at Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada. Canadians are also encouraged to follow @AccessibleGC on Twitter, Accessible Canada on Facebook and the #AccessibleCanada hashtag. The consultation process will run until February 28, 2017.

Quotes

"I am thrilled to hear from Canadians first-hand about their vision for an Accessible Canada. The Government of Canada is working hard to ensure that all Canadians have equal opportunity in their communities and workplaces, and it is energizing to hear Canadians' suggestions for how we can do just that. This is an incredible opportunity and one that will have a historical impact on millions of Canadians living with a disability. I encourage all Canadians to get involved in this consultation."
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

"It's incredible to have people with disabilities from across Montréal come together and share their thoughts – positive and negative – about common issues they face every day. This is the first time I've seen so many people with such a variety of disabilities in one room talking about accessibility.  What's great about these consultations is that they are happening in cities across Canada, giving people with disabilities a voice."
–  Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli -- Hip Hop Dancer, Community Champion for Persons with Disabilities

"Being the Community Champion was a humbling experience and afforded me a unique opportunity to hear from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living with disabilities in our province.  Participants shared their experiences, current priorities, frustrations, and possible solutions, complimented by their clear support for the development and implementation of new accessibility legislation for Canada. The development of the new legislation will be remembered as one of this year's brightest and best moments. I am proud to have played a small role in this process and am thankful for the opportunity to meet with and learn from all who were in attendance."
Stephen G. Lytton, Board President – British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

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Backgrounder

Consultations to inform the development of accessibility legislation

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada's first Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, was mandated by the Prime Minister to lead an engagement process with stakeholders—including Canadians with disabilities, provinces, territories and municipalities—that would inform planned legislation to transform how the Government of Canada addresses accessibility. Starting in September until February 28, 2017, Canadians across Canada will be able to participate in the in-person consultation engagement process. The next in-person public consultations are planned to take place in the following cities:

Vancouver, British Columbia / November 26, 2016 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT)
Vancouver Convention Center – West Building,1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Ottawa, Ontario / November 30, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET)
Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place (LeBreton Flats), Ottawa

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island / December 8, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. AT)
Murphy's Community Centre
200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown

Halifax, Nova Scotia / December 9, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. AT)
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax

Toronto, Ontario / February 8, 2017 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET)
Location TBD

Any Canadian who would like to pre-register for an in-person session, or to notify us of accommodation needs, can contact the Office for Disability Issues:

  • Phone: 1-844-836-8126
    TTY: 819-934-6649
    Fax: 819-953-4797
    Email address: accessible-canada@hrsdc.gc.ca

  • Mailing address:
    Consultation – Federal Accessibility Legislation
    c/o Office for Disability Issues
    Employment and Social Development Canada
    105 Hotel-de-ville Street, 1st floor, Bag 62
    Gatineau QC  K1A 0J9

For the most up-to-date information on in-person venues and dates, and to participate online, please visit Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada.

Minister Qualtrough will also participate in roundtable discussions, as well as a National Youth Forum that will engage Canadian youth with disabilities in the policy discussion.

 

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: Ashley Michnowski, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, 819-934-1122 / TTY: 1-866-702-6967; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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