Quebec Accessible recently attended Parliamentary hearings on Bill C-81, the proposed federal accessibility law. Although Bill C-81 is a step in the right direction, it contains some important gaps. These gaps must be addressed before the bill is adopted.
Quebec Accessible has signed on to a letter asking Minister Carla Qualtrough to strengthen Bill C-81. Over fifty disability organizations have signed on to this letter. We hope the federal government will respond to our concerns by amending the bill.
Montreal is currently holding public consultations on accessibility! This is a chance to give your input on the city’s annual universal accessibility plan. We encourage you all to participate. Come share your experiences about the inaccessibility of buildings, public transit, sidewalks, services, etc. There will be sign language interpretation and a bilingual facilitator for those who participate in English.
The provincial elections are fast approaching! Last month, Quebec Accessible wrote to the leaders of all four political parties asking them to commit to adopting a strong accessibility law based on our twelve principles. So far, we’ve only received responses from two parties: Québec solidaire and the Liberal party. Québec solidaire committed to adopting a strong new law with timelines and penalties for non-compliance. The Liberal party refused to commit to do so. The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) and the Parti Québécois did not take the time to respond to our request.
Quebec Accessible recently published letters in Ricochet and the Huffington Post (in French) denouncing the lack of attention paid to this issue in the political campaign. Our letters were signed by over sixty people with disabilities and allies.
On October 1st, let’s show politicians that we are mobilized! Make your vote count! If you face barriers in the voting process, feel free to share your experiences in the Facebook group Vote accessible – Élections 2018 – Québec.
Together, we can create a more accessible and inclusive Quebec!
Quebec Accessible has created bilingual tools to help you lobby political candidates for a strong accessibility law during the upcoming provincial elections. They’re available on our website. Please share these tools with your networks. Use them to convince candidates and parties to commit to adopting a strong provincial accessibility law.
We’ve created a fact sheet that explains why Quebec needs a strong accessibility law. It gives an overview of the disability community and the barriers we face. It points out the gaps in Quebec’s current legal framework and gives examples of stronger accessibility laws in other provinces and countries.
We’ve also put together a list of twelve principles that should guide the development of Quebec’s new accessibility law. They address issues like the goal, scope and enforcement of the new law. They demand that people with disabilities be involved in every stage of the law’s development and oversight.
Commitments from Candidates
Quebec Accessible has written to the leaders of the main political parties asking them to commit to adopting a strong provincial accessibility law guided by our twelve principles during their first mandates. We’ll keep you updated on their responses.
We encourage you to ask other political candidates to also commit to adopting a strong provincial accessibility law guided by our twelve principles. Raise this issue during political debates and meetings. The more often candidates hear about the need to adopt a new law, the more likely they are to make this a political priority.
The Government of Canada has launched a public consultation about the proposed federal accessibility law. This law will promote equal opportunities and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians with disabilities.
Individuals are invited to share their ideas and experiences about the barriers they face. For more information about the consultation , click here.
To complete the government’s survey , click here .
Let’s all share our experiences to ensure that the new federal law addresses our needs!