MP Calgary Centre: Hon. Kent Hehr
950 6 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1E4
NEW ACCESSIBLE CANADA ACT:
Eliminating barriers and ensuring greater opportunities for Canadians with disabilities
In 1991, I was the victim of a random act of gun violence and became a C5 quadriplegic. My life changed forever, and I got to see firsthand the everyday issues that Canadians with disabilities face—including tasks as ordinary as going to the bank to deposit a cheque.
Since entering politics 12 years ago, it has been my goal to help Canada become a community where people with disabilities reach their individual potential and are recognized as valued citizens.
That is why I am so proud of our federal Liberal government’s new Accessible Canada Act, the most significant piece of legislation for the rights of persons with disabilities in over 30 years.
The Act will benefit all Canadians, but particularly the 14% of Canadians who have physical or mental disabilities, including many seniors.
The Accessible Canada Act will ensure that federally regulated buildings and services are accessible to seniors and persons with disabilities. This includes federal government departments, Crown corporations, banks, airports and more.
This is a comprehensive piece of legislation that will fundamentally make things easier for people with disabilities across the country.
It will open more employment opportunities, through more equal workplace policies and practices.
Plus, it legally requires that there be opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in decision-making that directly impacts their lives.
The Accessible Canada Act represents a huge step forwards in knocking down the barriers faced by too many Canadians with disabilities, and I am proud to have been a part of it.