A MORE ACCESSIBLE CANADA IS A BETTER CANADA FOR EVERYONE
Today, one in seven Canadians reports having a disability. That number will only grow as our population ages. Having a disability can significantly affect all aspects of a person’s life.
On December 3, we marked the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day that was launched by the United Nations to increase awareness and to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
This is also a commitment that my colleague, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and I hold close to our hearts. We want to create an accessible Canada—one where all Canadians have an equal opportunity to succeed, to build their lives and to follow their hopes, dreams and aspirations.
Minister Hehr is currently developing federal accessibility legislation. Important work has been done over the past two years through cross-Canada consultations and the publication of a what we learned report based on feedback from Canadians. The new legislation is expected to be tabled in the spring of next year.
In parallel with the work being done through legislation, the public service is also working internally to raise awareness of what a fully accessible public service looks like, and to ensure that the Government of Canada is able to support employees with disabilities.
Ultimately, our goal is to ensure equality, inclusion and full participation in Canadian society for all persons with disabilities.