February 19-22 the FALA Leadership Team was in Ottawa. We met with ten senators, Minister Qualtrough and the Accessibility Secretariat to discuss our 11 recommendations. These recommendations were developed with our 89 partners and 90 members, working towards our goal of a strong and effective Accessible Canada Act. We had the chance to be in the Senate Gallery to witness Senator Munson introduce Bill C-81 by delivering his Second Reading speech. It was a really good one. Don’t take our word for it… read it yourself. And thereafter began the Second Reading debate.
Partners and members of the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance are taking part in reviewing draft recommendations for the Senate. There are 11 recommendations being put forth. We are working on a tight timeline and we are eager to hear from all who want to participate in the process. We are wrapping this process up by Feb 6 so if you want to get involved sign up today: https://www.include-me.ca/join-us
On November 27, 2018, Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act, passed third reading in the House of Commons. The bill now moves on to the Senate.
A revised Bill C-81 was presented to the House of Commons by the HUMA committee during the Report Stage. Minister Qualtrough addressed the changes made in response to recommendations from many organizations in the community, including the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance. Third reading debate will continue at times determined by the House of Commons before it moves on to the Senate for discussion and debate.
Bill C-81 - The Accessible Canada Act - recommendations for improvements will be presented on October 24th, 2018 by the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.