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Accessibility Act and the Provincial Election

There are currently three provinces with an accessibility act and Alberta is not one of them. The upcoming Bill C-81 which is expected to pass through the senate by summer, will only affect those areas that are under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

That leaves a lot of areas in a person’s day to day life that will not be required to be accessible. A provincial accessibility act would require that all new buildings have and meet accessibility rules as outlined by the act.

More information on an accessibility act is available on the VAD website https://vadsociety.ca/social-action/bill-c-81-draft-accessible-canada-act

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I am pleased to report that the Senate referred Bill C-81 to a committee yesterday for review. This is an important step on the journey to approve the Accessible Canada Act before the election. More information, including a copy of the FALA media release, is available in the FALA Update below. If you would like to receive FALA updates to stay informed on progress, you are welcome to sign up as a member at www.include-me.ca/join-us . So can your staff and members, feel free to ask them, FALA welcomes individual members.

Our campaign to have the Accessible Canada Act become law before the fall election now includes asking people to write letters to Canada’s PM, Minister Qualtrough, all Senators and their local MP expressing support for passing the Act. FALA provides an on line, one step process to make it quick and easy for anyone to send letters. Since we opened this opportunity yesterday afternoon, 33,176 letters have been sent by 319 people. This is encouraging, but we know that more letters = greater impact.

You can help by sending letters yourself and by inviting your Board, staff and members to do so as well. It only takes around a minute at this link.

https://www.include-me.ca/pass-bill-c-81

SCI Canada has requested an opportunity to present in person to the Senate committee. SCI Canada is sending a letter to Minister Qualtrough presenting our support for approving the Act before the election. I encourage you to write her as well on your letterhead. Every letter helps! Carla.Qualtrough@parl.gc.ca

In the update below you can view a Q & A about the Act and key messages about the Act to help with speaking and writing about our position.

Bill Adair 
Executive Director, SCI Canada

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Hello,

I am writing to inform you of five Notices of Opportunities for anticipatory Governor in Council appointments that may be of interest to you or those in your network. These positions relate to the Government of Canada’s proposed Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81). Please share this e-mail with people within your organization or in your broader network who may be interested in these opportunities.

The first four appointment opportunities are for positions within the new Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO), Canada’s first-ever standards development organization exclusively dedicated to accessibility standards. These positions include the Chief Executive Officer of CASDO, as well as positions on the Board of Directors: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Board Member. The Board of Directors may have up to 11 members, including the Chair and Vice-Chair. There are a number of eligibility factors related to persons who may be appointed to the CASDO Board, as specified in the proposed Act. For example, the majority of directors are to be people with disabilities, in line with the purpose of the Act: the realization of a Canada without barriers. You can find the CASDO Notices of Opportunities at the following links:

Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (Anticipatory) - Chief Executive Officer

Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (Anticipatory) - Chairperson

Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (Anticipatory) - Vice Chairperson

Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (Anticipatory) - Board Member

The fifth appointment opportunity is for the position of Chief Accessibility Officer, a full-time special advisor to the Minister responsible for Accessibility. You can find this Notice of Opportunity at the following link:

Office of the Chief Accessibility Officer

If you wish to apply for any of these positions or have questions about them, please refer to the above links.

I encourage you to follow our social media platforms (Twitter: @AccessibleGC, Facebook: Accessible Canada and LinkedIn: Emploi et Développement social Canada/Employment and Social Development Canada) and share content related to the appointment process on your social media platforms.

Finally, if you wish to find out more about the proposed Accessible Canada Act, follow this link: Bill C-81 - An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada.

 

Sincerely,

James van Raalte,

Director General

Accessibility Secretariat

 

 

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In June, Bill C-81 was introduced in the Canadian House of Commons. Also known as the Accessible Canada Act, this was the first-ever proposed national legislation of its kind. This bill affects all Canadians – and especially people with disabilities.

Over a 10-month period (May 2018-March 2019), more than 50 non-profit, Canadian organizations are working together, and with the Government of Canada, to ensure there is strong, effective federal accessibility legislation. Together, we are known as the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA). Led by Spinal Cord Injury Canada, the FALA Leadership Team consists of the following organizations:

British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
Canadian Association of the Deaf - Association des Sourds du Canada
Communication Disabilities Access Canada
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Native Women's Association of Canada
Here’s what we have been doing so far:

After the first draft of Bill C-81 was introduced in the House of Commons in June, we wanted to better understand it. So, we had a team of lawyers, all who understand disability really well, look at it. They compared the recommendations we made when the bill was being created with what is actually in the first draft of legislation. The lawyer team has made further recommendations. In truth, it is a pretty good bill. But it can be better.

We know it is important that people understand Bill C-81. Legal wording and the length of the bill can make it hard to read. We have developed a short, plain language version for sharing.

Later in September, we will have a survey asking people about their insights and perspectives on Bill C-81. We want to know what you think is important in the bill. What is the impact the proposed legislation will have on your life? The information we get from people’s answers will be sorted in an anonymous way. It will be shared with our memberships and used to advise the government on how they can change the draft legislation to make it as strong as possible.

All of these resources will be shared on our website: include-me.ca. In fact, we will have lots of resources about Bill C-81 on our site, so please visit. You can sign up for our updates right on our home page. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @includemeca so you know the latest progress on making this draft legislation a reality.
 
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