BCANDS National Indigenous Federal Accessibility Legislation Consultation

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Canadians, communities and workplaces benefit when everyone can participate equally in everyday life. In 2016 the Government of Canada committed to developing new  accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.

Many Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians continue to face barriers that affect their ability to participate fully in their communities. Some of these barriers may include:

  • physical barriers within community;
  • transportation;
  • access to information or technology;
  • lack of / inadequate disability related programs / supports
  • attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions about Indigenous persons living with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and
  • outdated policies and practices affecting services to Indigenous persons living with disabilities within community

    Neil Belanger – BCANDS Executive Director

    Minister Duncan Minister of Science, Sport and Persons with Disabilities









Through a funding agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in 2016 and 2017 BCANDS engaged Indigenous communities, Indigenous individuals and families living with disabilities, service providers and provincial and federal governments in relation to the new Federal Accessibility Legislation for their input, expertise and direction .

Click to HERE view the BCANDS Accessibility 1st Consultation report

Click to HERE view the BCANDS Accessibility 2nd Consultation report

This year, 2018, BCANDS will again be actively contacting and meeting with the Indigenous sector this time to raise awareness if the newly tabled legislation and promote the opportunities for discussion that will be available. Clink the links below for further information.

June 2018 – Minister Duncan introduces the proposed Accessible Canada Act

June 2018 – Backgrounder: Tabling the proposed Accessible Canada Act – Engagement

June 2018 – Backgrounder: Accessible Government

June 2018 – Proposed Accessible Canada Act – Plain Language Summary of the Bill

Backgrounder: Opportunities Fund enhancements support recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities

If you wish to speak directly to the BCANDS Accessibility Coordinator, Alexandra Pierik, please call toll free at 1-888-815-5511 ext. 202 or if calling from from the Victoria Capital Region (250) 381 – 7303 ext 202. You can contact Alexandra by email at accessibility@bcands.bc.ca

Historical information on the accessibility legislation and the processes to date by the federal government can be seen by following the links below.

Making an accessible Canada for people with disabilities

Creating new federal accessibility legislation: What we learned

Federal Accessibility Consultation – Government of Canada


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