Promoting Lifelong Learning Skills for a Barrier-free Canada

Image. Three people sit together at a table learning. One of them smiles into the camera.

I came to Canada in September 2005. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) had just been passed. I was a student; a woman of colour; and in a wheelchair with a fractured knee. Toronto welcomed me and I felt included. Fourteen years later, the Accessible Canada Act (ACA)… Read more“Promoting Lifelong Learning Skills for a Barrier-free Canada”

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

Photograph. Minister Qualtrough stands smiling to the left of Louise Gillis, Barrier-Free Canada Board Member, at the June 20, 2019 Accessible Canada Act Celebrations.

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”

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

Illustration. Three celebratory banners with alternating rows of red and white drop downs showcasing maple leaves overlap across the top. In the bottom right corner are three Canadian flags waving in the wind. In the bottom left corner is the Barrier Free Canada / Sans Barriere Canada logo. Below the BFC / CSB logo are the words 'Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act'. Confetti of all different colors rains down from above.

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!

A Decade to Remember. Minister Qualtrough Champions Into Law Bill C-81 – The “Accessible Canada Act”

Canada Day flag with maple leaf on background of Montreal city. Red Canadian symbol over buildings of Montreal town with Barrier Free Canada Logo in English on the left, and in French on the right. Image.

In 2010 Canada became a signatur on the United Nations convention On the Rights Of Persons With Disabilities. Then In 2017 Canada completed it’s obligatory commitment when it acceded to the Optional Protocol to this United Nations convention. This week Minister Qualtrough championed into law Bill C-81 – the “Accessible… Read more“A Decade to Remember. Minister Qualtrough Champions Into Law Bill C-81 – The “Accessible Canada Act””