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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.