The Canadian Survey on Disability covers Canadians over fifteen years of age whose everyday activities are limited because of a long-term condition or health-related problem. Did you know that 22% of Canadians have at least one disability? This represents 6.2 million people, over 15% of the population or approximately 1 in every 5 Canadians. Disability Survey Results The breakdown of the percentage of Canadians with … Continue reading The Canadian Survey on Disability
From Bill C-81 to the Accessible Canada Act What are the Principles of the Accessible Canada Act? The principles of Bill C-81, Now the Accessible Canada Act are meant to guide its future interpretation. They are rooted in the understanding that barriers to accessibility are at the heart of inequalities between Canadians with and without disabilities. The principles are consistent with Canadian and international law … Continue reading What are the Principles of the Accessible Canada Act?
A Barrier means anything physical, architectural, technological or attitudinal. Anything that is based on information or communications or anything that is the result of a policy or a practice that hinders the full and equal participation in society. This includes persons with a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, communication or sensory impairment or a functional limitation. Disability means a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, communication or sensory … Continue reading What Does Accessibility Mean?
A Barrier Free Canada benefits all Canadians by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility. The purpose of the bill is to make Canada fully accessible and barrier-free in areas under federal jurisdiction. Make Canada Accessible The bill, which is now law, outlines how to identify and remove accessible barriers and prevent new barriers, under federal rule, including in: Built environments (buildings and public spaces) Employment … Continue reading What Does a Barrier Free Canada Mean?
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 … Continue reading Why is there an Accessible Canada Act?
When you consider that 1 in 5 Canadians are directly affected by a disability, then the Accessibility Act affects 20% of the population. And if each of those people have just 1 family member and 1 friend who support them, then that makes 1 in 3 Canadians who are affected. Then if you add the aging population and parents with young children, the real question … Continue reading Who Isn’t Affected by the Accessibility Act?