Canadian Transportation Agency Launches a New Confidential Toll-Free Accessibility Help Line at +1 (844) 943-0273

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The disability community and persons with disabilities now have new tools available to help them exercise their right to an accessible transportation network. In support of the implementation of the new Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has launched a new confidential toll-free Accessibility… Read more“Canadian Transportation Agency Launches a New Confidential Toll-Free Accessibility Help Line at +1 (844) 943-0273”

Ottawa Expands Air Passenger Rights as Airlines Push Back Bumped Travellers to get up to $2,400, Those with Lost or Damaged Luggage up to $2,100

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Christopher Reynolds The Canadian Press The Toronto Star July 16, 2019 MONTREAL – Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he was “surprised” and “disappointed” by legal action from Canadian airlines to quash new rules to beef up compensation for passengers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage. “We feel that we… Read more“Ottawa Expands Air Passenger Rights as Airlines Push Back Bumped Travellers to get up to $2,400, Those with Lost or Damaged Luggage up to $2,100”

Accessible Transportation for Persons With Disabilities Regulations Have Been Published in the Canada Gazette, Part II

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The proposed regulations can be found at the following link: Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations: SOR/2019-244 Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 153, Number 14 http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2019/2019-07-10/html/sor-dors244-eng.html

Canadian Airlines Ask Appeal Court to Quash New Passenger Rights Rules

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Canadian airlines are among hundreds of carriers asking the Federal Court of Appeal to quash new rules that beef up compensation for passengers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage. Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc., along with 17 other applicants that include the International Air Transport Association — which… Read more“Canadian Airlines Ask Appeal Court to Quash New Passenger Rights Rules”

Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Plans to Enhance Accessibility of Canada’s National Transportation System

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PR Newswire June 21, 2019 GATINEAU, QC, June 21, 2019 / CNW / – Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act , which received Royal Assent today, will provide the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) with new tools to help advance the accessibility of the national transportation system. Once in force, this… Read more“Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Plans to Enhance Accessibility of Canada’s National Transportation System”

Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières Honored to Witness History at Minister Qualtrough’s Reception on June 20, 2019

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We at Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières were extremely pleased and honoured to have been a part of Minister Qualtrough’s reception on June 20, 2019 and to have been a witness to the history making Royal Assent Ceremony on June 21, 2019. Now it’s time to relish this… Read more“Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières Honored to Witness History at Minister Qualtrough’s Reception on June 20, 2019”

Letter From Senator Chantal Petitclerc. Together, we made history. Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act Receives Royal Assent June 21, 2019

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Together, we made history. As you must be aware, Bill C-81 has passed and will be receiving royal assent today (June 21, 2019). After months of thorough review, by both the House of Commons and the Senate, and finally listening to your comments, advice and opinions on the bill, we… Read more“Letter From Senator Chantal Petitclerc. Together, we made history. Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act Receives Royal Assent June 21, 2019”

A Landmark Victory For All Canadians Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act Passes

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It’s time to celebrate! Royal Assent has been given and now history will reflect that we did it! A landmark victory for all Canadians! Congratulations to everyone! Time to tip our chapeaux and raise our glasses!