Statement by Minister Qualtrough on Canada’s Disability-Inclusive approach to its COVID-19 pandemic response

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The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, issued the following statement:

“From the onset of the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Canada has taken significant steps to curb the spread of this virus and to reduce its impacts on the health of Canadians and our economy.

We recognize that some groups of Canadians are significantly and disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, in particular Canadians with disabilities.  For some persons with disabilities, underlying medical conditions put them at greater risk of serious complications related to COVID-19.  Others face discrimination and barriers in accessing information, social services, and health care.  For others, the need for self-isolation and physical distancing create additional challenges.

As we continue to address the COVID-19 outbreak, our priority will remain helping persons with disabilities maintain their health, safety, and dignity.  This includes through more formal communication channels and touch points with the disability community..."

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