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Accessibility Standards Canada Committee Groups and Plan Feedback

Update on our technical committees
Three new technical committees: apply today!

On March 7th, we sent a separate message seeking your interest in joining our three new technical committees. If you haven’t applied to become a member already, there’s still time! We are accepting applications until April 18, 2023, for these technical committees:

Technical committee for Acoustics in the Built Environment
Technical committee for the Design and Delivery of Accessible Programs and Services
Technical committee for Accessible Travel Journey

This is a unique opportunity for you to be a leader for accessibility and inclusion.

You will find all the information you need by consulting the above webpages, including the form to submit your application. We hope to work with you soon!


Recruiting for the current Outdoor Spaces technical committee! Become a member!

Do you know what it takes to make outdoor spaces accessible for everyone? If this is your field of expertise or if it is of interest, we want you on our technical committee for outdoor spaces. This existing committee is already working on a standard and will soon be looking for new members to join in and contribute.


Upcoming: Public Reviews of the draft model standards

We invite you all to participate in our upcoming public reviews processes. We will soon be publishing the draft copy of two new standards on accessibility that we will be seeking your feedback on:

Outdoor Spaces
Plain Language

The public review process is your chance to comment on the standards before the final version is published. All feedback from the public will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the final version.

Stay tuned for further updates in upcoming newsletters and watch our social media. Don’t miss your opportunity to contribute to these standards!


Accessibility Plan

In December 2022, Accessibility Standards Canada published its first Accessibility Plan for 2023 to 2025.

This plan will guide us as we continue addressing barriers in the priority areas under the Accessible Canada Act. This first iteration of our plan is one of the many ways we implement our vision, mission, and values.

We are confident that the actions we have laid out in the plan will help us achieve our desired objectives by 2025.

We invite you to read our plan! You can also submit feedback on the plan, or any issue related to accessibility on any of our platforms. Please visit our website to learn about the many ways you can send us your feedback.


Tabling of our 2023 to 2024 Departmental Plan

As we continue to move forward, we are eager to share with you our 2023 to 2024 Departmental Plan. It lists all our priorities for the upcoming year.

This past year was one of great progress on the delivery of our mandate and priorities. We firmly established our organization within the accessibility space.

We launched our first public review of a model standard for the Built Environment – Accessibility. We signed 5 memoranda of understanding with 3 provinces. And finally, we hosted a successful Pan-Canadian Forum.

The work we have planned for this year, through our 2023 to 2024 Departmental Plan, is ambitious. Still, we are confident and eager to continue working with Canadians toward a more inclusive and barrier-free Canada. We hope that you join us on our journey!

Trish Coupal at 10:31 AM
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