What does an “accessible Canada” mean for you?
The federal government asked this question during consultations on the future federal accessibility act.
Québec Accessible participated in the consultations held in Quebec and Montreal. We observed a strong interest on behalf of people with disabilities and their allies.
Topics discussed included employment discrimination, barriers in public transit, recognition of LSQ and ASL as official languages, the shortage of services to ensure that people with disabilities and their families live with dignity, and differences in levels of accessibility across cities, regions, provinces and territories.
The majority of the issues raised during the consultations directly or indirectly touched on areas within provincial jurisdiction. However, the new federal legislation will only address areas within the federal jurisdiction. Once again, this shows the need for a strong provincial law in Quebec law to address barriers and ableism (discrimination based on disability). If you share this opinion, add your name to the list of individuals and / or organizations calling for a stronger provincial accessibility law.
An accessible Canada isn’t possible without an accessible Quebec!