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

Promoting Lifelong Learning Skills for a Barrier-free Canada

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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”

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

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”

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

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.

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

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!

Who is The Real Advocate? A Tribute to the Late Chris Stark By Donna J. Jodhan

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It is certainly not me and it is certainly not most of us. However, when I think of it, the answer is just so close at hand. I can practically reach out and grab it! I can touch it and I can feel it! So who is it? Or should… Read more“Who is The Real Advocate? A Tribute to the Late Chris Stark By Donna J. Jodhan”

Access Means #EveryoneEverywhere Let’s Build a Canada That’s Accessible For All

#EveryoneEverywhere poster from the Rick Hansen Foundation features the hashtag #EveryoneEverywhere printed 15 times in white on a blue background. White letters on a black border reads 'All People. All Places.'

English: We at Barrier Free Canada / Canada sans Barrieres (@barrierfreeca) believe that all people should be able to go all places, which is why we are excited to share the #EveryoneEverywhere campaign from the Rick Hansen Foundation (https://www.rickhansen.com/EveryoneEverywhere). A lack of physical accessibility in the built environment is a… Read more“Access Means #EveryoneEverywhere Let’s Build a Canada That’s Accessible For All”