Disability Expert Conference
The Alliance is proud to be hosting in partnership with the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University our pioneering conference, called “What Should Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Include? Cutting-edge Ideas from Experts from Around the World”. Hosted by David Lepofsky, the event will be lived streamed on August 22nd, 2017 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm ET. Find the link to the live stream of the conference and see the full list of speakers below.
What are we doing?
The Government of Canada has committed to adopting a strong federal accessibility law to remove and prevent barriers facing people with disabilities. The Alliance is consulting Canadians to collect their comments, concerns and suggestions about this new law. We want to know what your main accessibility issues are and how they could be addressed through the law.
We want to hear from Canadians with disabilities, their families and caregivers. We also want to hear from other stakeholders such as service providers, unions, industry representatives and associations.
How will we do it?
The Alliance will consult with Canadians through an online survey, public sessions across the country (link to schedule of public sessions) and online and telephone discussion groups. The Alliance is committed to inclusion and accessibility throughout this process.
When will we do it?
The Alliance will be consulting Canadians from February 2017 to March 2018. Visit the GET INVOLVED section on our site to see the full schedule of consultations.
What areas will the new federal accessibility law cover?
The new federal accessibility law will cover areas that are under the power of the federal government (i.e. federal jurisdiction). This includes railways, airlines, banks, postal services, radio and telecommunications, employment insurance (EI), immigration, Aboriginal lands and rights, the military and criminal law.
This new law will not address areas that are under the power of the provinces (i.e. provincial jurisdiction), including health care, municipal transportation, guardianship and property rights.