The over 65 population is numbered 6,195,544 in Canada (2012, Stats Can);
It is estimated that 1,437,670 Canadians (33%) were living with a disability (2012, Stats Can);
There is very little accessible or visitable housing stock available in Canada;
Persons with a disability and seniors continue to voice their desires to live as independently as possible and age in place;
Visitable housing offers a convenient, age-friendly home for residents and a welcoming environment for visitors of all ages;
Visitable housing benefits everyone – seniors, persons with a disability, parents, children, and families; and
Motion M-157 states: "That the House recognize the importance that Visitability can have for Canadians of all ages and abilities, and particularly persons with a physical disability, aging individuals, seniors and their families, in Canada, by: a) emphasizing the efforts of companies, contractors and builders who are already applying the principles of Visitability in their new constructions; b) encouraging the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities to address the topic of Visitability in the accessibility legislation to be introduced in the House; and c) inviting the federal government to address the subject of Visitability with its provincial and territorial partners in upcoming Federal, Provincial and Territorial."
We, the undersigned, Canadians of all ages and abilities and Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to adopt motion M-157.
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