GATINEAU, QC, May 11, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today issued the following statement:
"As Canada's first Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I believe that our country's diversity is our strength—and when we include people with disabilities, we create a stronger Canada for everyone.
It is my pleasure to announce an annual national week devoted to inclusion and accessibility.
From May 28 to June 3 2017, National AccessAbility Week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces across the country.
We've made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, but there is still much work to do.
We need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility, and we need to do it right from the start, not as an afterthought. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed.
National AccessAbility Week will aim to bring this perspective to the forefront for all Canadians, and highlight some of the important initiatives this government and its partners are undertaking to bring about this change, including working towards new accessibility legislation.
Please join us in celebrating National AccessAbility Week. Together, let's continue working towards an Accessible Canada."
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: 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, [email protected]