Good afternoon CASDA Members,
As you are likely aware, the Federal government has committed to developing new planned accessibility legislation to “promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities”. In developing this new legislation, the Government of Canada is consulting Canadians both in person and online. The consultation process will run until February 2017, and includes a variety of mechanisms, including: online surveys, public consultations, a national youth forum, consultations led by the disability community, consultations led by First Nations communities, etc.
More information on the consultations can be found here:
CASDA is involved at the national level in a joint proposal, led by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), to design and implement the consultations specific to the disability community (outside of the public consultations noted above). More updates on that piece will follow, pending government negotiations.
In order to support our members to participate in the Government-led “town hall” public consultations, we would like to share the following information:
These consultations are planned for every province and territory, beginning in September 2016 until February 2017 (full list of dates and locations below, exact locations listed on the website above under How to Participate). It is critical that our community participate in these public consultations (in addition to the disability-specific consultations to come), so that our voice is heard and accounted for in the development of this new legislation.
We know the in-person public consultations will ask participants the following three questions (shared for your preparation):
- What are the main barriers to accessibility that Canadians with disabilities face?
- What would it take to fix those barriers?
- How can we change attitudes in Canada to better include and respect people with disabilities?