Accessibility in Canada is about creating communities, workplaces and services that enable everyone to participate fully in society without barriers for those with disabilities.
The Disabilities Numbers
According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, more than 6 million Canadians aged 15 and over, (22% of the population) identify as having a disability, and it is expected actual numbers are likely higher.
Only 59% of disabled Canadians aged 25 to 64 are employed compared to 80% of Canadians who are not. Persons with hindered abilities earn less than Canadians without, (12% less for those with milder disabilities and 51% less for those with more severe) and are more likely to live in poverty.
The advocacy of disability stakeholders and organizations in Canada has been critical to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. The Government of Canada is building on this legacy to improve accessibility and promote inclusion for everyone in Canada. And that is why we now have The Accessible Canada Act.
Barrier Free Communications
Canada’s new Accessibility Act is a game changer for organizations and entrepreneurs who are ready to develop new accessibility focused services or products or primed to promote those which they have already created or implemented.
The Act sets out new requirements that will generate a flood of needs in the Canadian marketplace for innovative new solutions that will help organizations in all sectors comply with the new standards.
Companies, Departments and Organizations need to gain insights on how to develop accessible products and services, to finding service providers who can assist them to transform their entire workplaces, spaces and places into accessible environments for people living with disabilities.
The Act will create a need for change in all Product Life Cycle stages, metrics and characteristics. The Act will also drive changes in how employees are recruited, trained, retained and engaged.
Our team at Accessibility TV are experts on the new Accessible Canada Act. We are also comprised of top talent in communications and marketing. Our passion is to help entrepreneurs and organizations succeed by providing them with new solutions that will fuel their success.
Accessibility Television is about the Innovation of Accessibility issues for people with disabilities. Since the Royal Ascension of Bill C-81 and the formation of the Accessible Canada Act, the world has changed for people with Disabilities. Stay tuned for everything Access related, coming to Accessibility TV.