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Accessible Voting

Click here to read more about how Elections Ontario is making voting more accessible.

Leah Bowman at 9:29 AM
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Historic appointment of Canada’s first Accessibility Commissioner

The goal of a barrier-free Canada, one that is inclusive from the start, is at the heart of the Accessible Canada Act (Act). That is why the Government of Canada continues to implement the Act and is introducing strong measures to ensure this goal becomes reality.      

Today, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the appointment of Michael Gottheil as Canada’s first Accessibility Commissioner to the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), effective May 9, 2022, for a term of 5 years.


Paired with the recent announcement on April 4, 2022, naming Stephanie Cadieux as Canada’s first Chief Accessibility Officer, these two historic appointments support the Government’s continued commitment to increasing the accessibility and inclusion of Canadians with disabilities.


To read more, click here.

Leah Bowman at 9:48 AM
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Inclusion Canada Releases Federal Budget 2022 Disability Inclusion Roundup

Inclusion Canada has shared their thoughts on disability inclusion in the recently announced Federal Budget 2022. While they will continue to advocate for government to promptly and aggressively address the priorities of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, they are encouraged by commitments made to employment, healthcare, and housing. These include funding for a national employment strategy for people with disabilities (including $20 million towards Ready, Willing & Able), access to dental care, and measures to address Canada's housing crisis.


While there are many encouraging aspects of the new budget, there are also some disappointments, including the lack of a Canada Disability Benefit. Inclusion Canada emphasizes the urgent need for this benefit, and wants the government to re-table the legislation that will enshrine it into law as soon as possible.


Read more by click here.

Leah Bowman at 9:35 AM
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Accessibility Barriers Consultation

Session Information

During these discussions, participants will be asked to share their thoughts on the accessibility barriers they have experienced in accessing services with the CRA. To prepare, participants will be provided with discussion questions and background information two days in advance of the meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also email the project team at [email protected] or call the project team at 1 (866) 217-7176.

Platform used: Zoom
Session length: Two hours



Recognizing the value of your lived experience and expertise, a $200 honourarium will be provided for two-hour group discussions, and a $100 honorarium will be provided for one-hour individual interviews.


To provide you with an honourarium, we will be collecting your name and email. This information will not be shared with anyone outside of Delaney and Associates, and this data will be destroyed once honourarium payment has been confirmed.


We request that you attend either a group consultation session or an individual interview; individuals will not be paid more than once for their participation.



To register for a session, choose a date and time that works best for you. Sessions will be held in English or French. For American Sign Language, langue des signes québécoise, captioning, and other accommodation requests, please complete the event registration for your specific virtual group discussion.


Attend a virtual group discussion in English:

May 16, 2022 | 6:00 PM PST (9:00 PM EST)
May 24, 2022 | 5:00 AM PST (8:00 AM EST)

Attend a virtual group discussion in French:

17 mai 2022 | 6:00 AM PST (9:00 AM EST)
18 mai 2022 | 2:30 PM PST (5:30 PM EST)
25 mai 2022 | 9:30 AM PST (12:30 PM EST)

Leah Bowman at 9:27 AM
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Accessibility Standards Canada-Message from the CEO

Dear Stakeholders,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to join us for a public review of a third accessibility standard!


In collaboration with CSA Group and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), we have finished the draft updates for the draft standard ASC/CSA B652, Accessible Residential Homes. We want to hear from you!


This standard will assist:

      -those who design, build, or modify homes for accessibility, and
      -those who are seeking to provide affordable and adaptable homes for people with                 disabilities.


Public review of the draft standard is open until June 13, 2022.


You can access the draft on the CSA Group Public Review site. Select your preferred language from the menu in the top right.


A one-time registration is required. You are invited to comment directly online.


We are proud to collaborate with CSA Group and CMHC in contributing to a more inclusive and barrier-free Canada.


For additional information or questions, please email CSA Group.

We welcome your expertise and comments!


Chers intervenants,


C'est avec grand plaisir que je vous invite à vous joindre à nous pour un troisième examen public d'une norme d'accessibilité!


En collaboration avec le Groupe CSA et la Société canadienne d'hypothèques et de logement (SCHL), nous avons terminé l'ébauche de la norme ASC/CSA B652, Maisons résidentielles accessibles. Nous voulons maintenant connaître votre opinion.

Cette norme aidera :


       -ceux qui conçoivent, construisent ou modifient des logements pour les rendre                    accessibles, et
       -ceux qui cherchent à fournir des logements abordables et adaptables aux                          personnes en situation de handicap.


L'examen public du projet de norme aura lieu jusqu'au 13 juin 2022.


Vous pouvez accéder à l'ébauche sur le site internet du Groupe CSA. Sélectionnez la langue de votre choix à partir du menu en haut à droite.


Une inscription unique est requise. Vous êtes invités à commenter directement en ligne.

Nous sommes fiers de collaborer avec le Groupe CSA et SCHL pour contribuer à un Canada plus inclusif et sans obstacle.


Pour toute information ou question supplémentaire, veuillez contacter le Groupe CSA.

Votre expertise et vos commentaires sont les bienvenus!

Leah Bowman at 10:30 AM
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