In 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough, to develop new federal accessibility legislation. Minister Qualtrough moved to a different portfolio and first Minister Kent Hehr, and then Minister Kirsty Duncan helped to move the legislation along. Minister Duncan introduced the draft legislation to the House of Commons in June, 2018. A cabinet shuffle brought Minister Qualtrough back to us with the new title of Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility. You can find out more about Minister Qualtrough at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Qualtrough
Funding for the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA) ensures that over the next 10 months (May 2018-March 2019), not-for-profit organizations across Canada will work together, and with the Government of Canada, to ensure there is strong, effective federal accessibility legislation.
The Purpose of the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance
- To advance access and inclusion through establishing new, and strengthen existing, partnerships among not-for-profit organizations in Canada.
- To provide individuals who feel excluded within our communities the opportunity to express their views and priorities relating to the proposed federal accessibility legislation, and the impact it will have on their lives.
- To prepare and broadly disseminate information and resources related to the impact of the federal accessibility legislation.
The Leadership Team
Led by Spinal Cord Injury Canada, the Leadership Team includes the following organizations:
- British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
- Canadian Association of the Deaf - Association des Sourds du Canada
Communication Disabilities Access Canada
- Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
- Council of Canadians with Disabilities
- Native Women's Association of Canada
The list of partner organizations continues to grow. We welcome organizations wishing to take part in the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance. Please contact us if your organization would like to get involved. Please follow this link for a full list of the partners to date: Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance Partners