Economy Families

Consult with provinces, territories and other stakeholders to introduce a National Disabilities Act.

Liberal Platform Page 10 October 5, 2015
Jun 2019

An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada

Parliament of Canada June 21, 2019

This enactment enacts the Accessible Canada Act in order to enhance the full and equal participation of all persons, especially persons with disabilities, in society. This is to be achieved through the realization, within the purview of matters coming within the legislative authority of Parliament, of a Canada without barriers, particularly by the identification, removal and prevention of barriers.

Bill C-81 received royal assent on June 21, 2019.

Apr 2019

Making an accessible Canada for persons with disabilities

Employment and Social Development Canada April 08, 2019

With Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-free Canada, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its mandate promise to introduce new accessibility legislation. The Government of Canada will continue to work with Canadians with disabilities across the country towards an accessible Canada.

As of May 13, 2019, Bill C-81 is currently at its third reading in the Senate.

Jun 2018

Federal government tables Canada’s first national accessibility law

The Globe and Mail June 20, 2018

Canadians with disabilities felt a surge of tempered optimism on Wednesday as they watched Canada table its first piece of federal legislation aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities.

The Act’s stated purpose is to “identify, remove and prevent” accessibility barriers in areas that fall under federal jurisdiction. This includes built environments, federally run programs and services, banking, telecommunications and transportation that crosses provincial lines.

Feb 2017

Canadians with Disabilities Act to focus on employment: minister

Global News February 05, 2017

The minister tasked with crafting laws to make Canada more accessible to people with disabilities says employment will be a key focus of her efforts.

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, says removing accessibility barriers will be crucial to tackling long-standing high jobless rates among the country's disabled population.