Today is the 40th anniversary of the adoption of Quebec’s law to ensure the exercise of the rights of persons with disabilities.
This law was considered cutting-edge at the time. Quebec was a leader in this field, as noted by the INDCP.
However, we are now lagging far behind other Canadian provinces (e.g. Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia). The Federal Government also just introduced a bill to create an accessible Canada. These laws provide for accessibility standards, and penalties if the standards aren’t respected. Quebec’s law has no standards or penalties, and it only applies to the public sector.
That’s why Québec Accessible is advocating for a stronger provincial accessibility law. Support us by adding your voice to the movement calling for a stronger law to promote accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming campaign leading up to the provincial elections this fall.
It’s time to take action and give meaning to the equality rights of Quebecers with disabilities!
On December 1st, the Government of Canada announced that it was starting the process of ratifying the Optional Protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It’s about time! Ninety-two countries have already ratified the Protocol.
Canada ratified the CRPD in 2010, but it hasn’t yet ratified the Optional Protocol. Essentially, this Protocol would allow Canadian organizations and citizens to file a complaint with the UN if their rights aren’t respected. Canada, the provinces and the territories will therefore have a new incentive to create an accessible and inclusive society!
In a video highlighting the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, reminds us that “people with disabilities still face barriers to fully participating in society both in Canada and around the world”. The Minister, herself a disabled person, invites us to join her in “celebrating Canadians with disabilities and embrace a cultural change about accessibility and inclusion in Canadian society”. Continue reading International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Canada 1 / Quebec 0
The Government of Canada has launched a public consultation about the proposed federal accessibility law. This law will promote equal opportunities and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians with disabilities.
Individuals are invited to share their ideas and experiences about the barriers they face. For more information about the consultation , click here.
To complete the government’s survey , click here .
Let’s all share our experiences to ensure that the new federal law addresses our needs!
Last week, the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec announced the construction of a new light-rail network in the Montreal region. According to the Caisse, this new network will be fully accessible. But can we be sure?
“Parent, whose group is pushing for the province to adopt a law that would require all public transit to have wheelchair access, said she is still skeptical because there have been many unfulfilled promises about universal accessibility in the past. The new Mascouche line was supposed to be fully accessible, but the Agence métropolitaine de transport has gone back on that promise, saying it would cost too much to make the Mount-Royal and Canora stations accessible.”
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