As a country, we have made considerable progress in making our society more inclusive, but there is still a lot of work to do. Canadians with disabilities continue to face barriers in their daily lives, particularly in areas of employment, income, and social inclusion.
The Government of Canada is committed to breaking down those barriers. We envision a country where everyone has the opportunity to flourish. When every Canadian can participate equally in everyday life, our communities and workplaces benefit. That is why accessibility must be considered and planned for right from the start – not just as an afterthought.
My colleague, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, has been mandated to ensure greater accessibility for Canadians with disabilities to government services and businesses under federal jurisdiction. One part of that is the development of the first ever law to help Canadians with disabilities get the services they need.
In the past few months, we consulted with Canadians to help us create this new accessibility legislation. Over 6,000 Canadians and over 90 organizations shared their ideas about a more accessible Canada, making it the largest and most accessible consultation on disability issues that our country has ever seen. Read what we learned in our report, Creating new federal accessibility legislation: What we learned.
We recently celebrated National Accessibility week from May 28 to June 3. It is a time for Canadians to promote inclusion and accessibility in their communities and workplaces, to celebrate our progress and to be inspired to further break down accessibility barriers.
Check out our ongoing #MyDreams social media campaign, featuring stories from Canadian children with disabilities, bringing to the forefront their dreams and their wishes for a more inclusive Canada.