Transport Canada invites seniors and persons with disabilities to join the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation

    OTTAWA, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today invited applications from
seniors and persons with disabilities wishing to serve as committee members on
the modernized Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation. The committee
has a mandate to identify obstacles and emerging issues in the national
transportation system that impact accessibility and to advise the Minister on
accessibility issues and initiatives.
    "It is through direct discussions with seniors and people with
disabilities that we better understand the challenges faced on a regular
basis, as well as the need to continue to make our federal transportation
network more accessible," said Minister Cannon. "This is the first time
committee membership has been opened to individuals rather than associations.
Today's invitation will encourage seniors and persons with disabilities to
share their ideas, and we will continue the ongoing dialogue with industry to
make our federal transportation system better for all Canadians."
    Once the application process is complete, Transport Canada will select up
to nine consumer members to serve on the committee. Membership will include a
diverse group of individuals representing seniors, people with visual,
hearing, mobility and learning disabilities and people with service animals.
Individuals with specialized knowledge of disability issues may also apply.
Each member will serve a three-year term and will have the opportunity for
extension, or a renewal of one term. Setting a specified term of office will
offer the opportunity for more individuals to participate.
    The committee will also include industry representatives, including major
carriers and industry associations from all modes of transportation under
federal jurisdiction.
    The Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation's Terms of Reference,
application process and on-line application form are available on Transport
Canada's website at, and in alternate formats. Applications must
be received by March 23, 2007.
    For more information, please call Transport Canada at 1-800-665-6478, or
by TTY at 1-800-823-3823.

For further information:

For further information: Contacts: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Robin Browne,Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
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