Accessible Canada Act

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Vincenzo Rubano
on · one minute reading.

Enacted in 2019 after public consultation, the “Accessible Canada Act” is a federal canadian bill whose purpose is to identify, remove, and prevent accessibility barriers in various areas, including:

  • built environments, including buildings and public spaces;
  • employment, including job opportunities and employment policies and practices;
  • information and communication technologies, including digital content and technologies used to access it;
  • procurement of goods and services;
  • delivering programs and services;
  • transportation, including air, rail, ferry, and bus carriers that operate across a provincial or federal border.

The bill has been crafted to achieve a number of specific goals, including:

  • inherent dignity;
  • equal opportunity;
  • barrier-free government;
  • autonomy;
  • inclusive design;
  • meaningful involvement.

Therefore, it gives the Government of Canada the ability to work with stakeholders and people with disabilities to create new accessibility standards and regulations for sectors under federal jurisdiction; these sectors include banking, telecommunications, transportation, and the Government of Canada.

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