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Back in Ottawa Visiting the Senate

FALA Team with Senator Munson
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.

Senate Draft Recommendations Review

Bill C-81 Watch - thermometer indicating the bill is now at the Senate stage
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

Bill C-81 Was Back in the House

An image of the House of Commons chamber
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.

The Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance Has Been Hard at Work

FALA overview and partners' roles
On June 20th, the Honourable Minister Duncan tabled Bill C-81 – An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada in the House of Commons. It is also being called the Accessible Canada Act. The introduction of the new, draft legislation brings us closer to a Canada that we have imagined for a very, very long time. Dare we say that accessible legislation brings us “hope”? Let’s not jinx it. We've been working hard to move this legislation forward.

What would Canada be like if it was truly inclusive and accessible?

Many people with and without disabilities in a park setting.

Imagine a Canada where you are valued and respected by your community.

Imagine, you have a job that matches your skills; an education that matches your dreams, and an income that supports your independence.

Imagine a Canada where it is easy to get around. You can hop on a bus; flag down a cab; get to work on time; meet friends in the evening for dinner, and zip off on the weekend for a last-minute get away.

Chances are, if you are a person with a disability or someone who has felt excluded, these common scenarios aren't so common.