The Accessible Canada Act
On June 21, 2019, Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, received Royal Assent and subsequently came into force on July 11, 2019.
As the Canadian Government explains:
“Accessibility in Canada is about creating communities, workplaces and services that enable everyone to participate fully in society without barriers.”
Federally regulated entities are required to:
- Create accessibility plans: Federal employers must create accessibility plans in consultation with persons with disabilities, which describe the entity’s strategy to improve accessibility and meet their legal duties.
- Develop feedback tools: Federally regulated entities will need to set up a mechanism to receive and address feedback from its employees and consumers, which can include complaints about barriers encountered.
- Publish progress reports: In consultation with persons with disabilities, these reports will detail how the organization fulfills its accessibility plan and outlines its consultations.