Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Update from Barrier-Free Manitoba about Canadian Disability Acts (CDA)

Barrier-Free Manitoba is pleased to announce that we have just accepted the invitation to become Manitoba's affiliate with Barrier-Free Canada.

Barrier-Free Canada/Canada Sans Barrieres (BFC/CSB) is spearheading the campaign to secure a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA) to achieve a barrier-free Canada for all persons with disabilities. The steering committee of BFC/CSB has drafted a set of principles concerning a CDA that are drawn from the principles that underpin the provincial disability legislation in Ontario and Manitoba. 

A CDA is not meant to replace provincial disability legislation. It will complement such legislation and benefit Canadians living in provinces with and without provincial disability legislation.

The results from Barrier-Free Canada's efforts are already apparent. The new federal Liberal government included the commitment to pass a CDA as part of its election platform. Now forming the government, the new Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities has been directed by Prime Minister Trudeau to:
·         Lead an engagement process with provinces, territories, municipalities, and stakeholders that will lead to the passage of a Canadians with Disabilities Act.
Barrier-Free Manitoba is proud to be associated with such fine people doing outstanding work on this important issue and making remarkable progress.

Sincerely,

Patrick Falconer 
Consultant to the Barrier-Free Manitoba Steering Committee

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