Canadians have their say on an Accessible Canada in Whitehorse, Iqaluit and Yellowknife

Public sessions in Regina, Winnipeg and Edmonton are happening this week

YELLOWKNIFE, Sept. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - This past week, the Government of Canada held public sessions in Whitehorse, Iqaluit and Yellowknife 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 Regina, Saskatchewan, on September 28; Winnipeg, Manitoba, on October 3; and Edmonton, Alberta, on October 7. 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 is essential to speak about accessibility and how important it is to all Canadians. Overcoming systemic, physical and attitudinal barriers are important steps in becoming a more inclusive society. Through education and experience, we change culture and improve attitudes towards accessibility."
– Jillian Hardie‎, Executive Director for Challenge Disability Resource Group

"I am very pleased to participate in discussions on accessibility. This is the first public meeting where I could participate with my son. It was innovative and the resources were present—interpreters and real-time captioning! It was very engaging and experiential."
– Sandy Kownak, Nunavut Deaf Society

"Accessibility must be a priority for the federal government and for every Canadian citizen. We will achieve this through strong legislation that ensures all disability, both visible and non-visible, is addressed and in every aspect of life including: education, employment, income security, housing, supports and services, health care, social inclusion and public service. We must address systemic, attitudinal, physical and social barriers throughout the lifespan of a person. This cannot be achieved without the provinces and territories or without an understanding of the uniqueness of the North in these issues. Increasing awareness and eliminating discrimination, as in other national campaigns, will increase opportunities and inclusion and lead to full citizenship, in accordance to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."
Denise McKee, Executive Director of the NWT Disabilities Council

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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. In-person public consultations are planned to take place in the following cities:

Whitehorse, Yukon / September 22, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PT)
Westmark Hotel and Conference Centre
201 Wood Street, Whitehorse

Iqaluit, Nunavut / September 24, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET)
Frobisher Inn
Astro Hill Quickstop, 505 Astro Hill, Iqaluit

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories / September 26, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MDT)
Tree of Peace Friendship Centre
5011-51 Street, Yellowknife

Regina, Saskatchewan / September 28, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT)
Double Tree Hotel
1975 Broad Street, Regina

Winnipeg, Manitoba / October 3, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT)
Delta Hotel by Marriott
350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg

Edmonton, Alberta / October 7, 2016 (9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT)
Matrix Hotel
10640 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Thunder Bay, Ontario / October 11, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET)
Italian Cultural Centre
132 Algoma Street South, Thunder Bay

Calgary, Alberta / October 13, 2016 (9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT)
Telus Convention Centre
120 Ninth Avenue SE, Calgary

Moncton, New Brunswick / October 20, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. AT)
Moncton Lion's Community Centre
473 St. George Street, Moncton

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador / November 3, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. NDT)
The Hampton Inn
411 Stavanger Drive, St. John's

Victoria, British Columbia / November 7, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PT)
Location TBD

Québec, Quebec / November 10, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET)
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 179 Grande Allée Ouest, Québec

Montréal, Quebec / November 16, 2016 (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET)
Palais des congres,1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal

Vancouver, British Columbia / November 26, 2016 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT)
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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