TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, is pleased that Toronto City Councillors have voted to support efforts of a grass roots movement advocating for the establishment of The Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA).
“By passing this Motion, Council has recognized the importance of having a barrier-free Canada for all persons with disabilities.” said Councillor Karygiannis. “Many of the more than four million Canadians with disabilities face far too many barriers to accessibility and equality including government services; employment; housing; and, public information.”
Mr. Karygiannis’ Motion reads:
City Council support efforts by Barrier-Free Canada/Canada Sans Barrieres (BFC/CSB) to urge the new Parliament of Canada to enact a Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA).
The organization says The Act should apply to all persons with disabilities whether they have a physical, mental sensory, learning and/or intellectual disability or mental health condition, or are regarded as having one, whether their condition is episodic or permanent, and whether their disability is visible or invisible to others.
“The City of Toronto supports the goals of The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.” Mr. Karygiannis stated. “A Canadians with Disabilities Act would not replace but would complement the provincial legislation.”
Barrier-Free Canada/Canada Sans Barrieres (BFC/CSB) is a non-partisan, grassroots movement that is advocating for The Canadians with Disabilities Act, as a catalyst towards Canada becoming fully accessible to all people with disabilities.
For further information, contact:
Kathy Gooch, Media Relations
Office of Councillor Jim Karygiannis
Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt