Original language of petition: English
While the development and adoption of specific symbols for accessibility or disability does not fall within its mandate, the Government of Canada does recognize the significant social and economic barriers that Canadians with disabilities continue to face, including Canadians with invisible disabilities. The Government of Canada remains strongly committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free Canada, where no one is left behind.
The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion’s mandate letter commits her to move forward on the Government’s 2020 Speech from the Throne commitment to bring forward a Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which will include the proposed Canada Disability Benefit as its cornerstone. The Action Plan will provide a whole-of-government approach to achieving a disability-inclusive Canada; it will be ambitious, it will evolve over time, and it will have a focus on action. The Action Plan aims to:
In consultation with the disability community, the Action Plan will be built upon and refreshed over time. The Government will continue to undertake discussions with the disability community, other experts and the provinces and territories to finalize and release the Action Plan. In the spirit of “nothing without us,” the Government of Canada appreciates hearing the views of people from the disability community, who inform our policy work.
The Action Plan builds on significant actions to date, including: the establishment of Canada’s first Minister responsible for persons with disabilities, acceding to the Optional Protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and passing the historic Accessible Canada Act.
The Accessible Canada Act defines a disability as “any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment — or a functional limitation — whether permanent, temporary or episodic in nature, or evident or not, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders a person’s full and equal participation in society.”
This definition was informed by consultations on creating federal accessibility legislation. Between June 2016 and February 2017, over 6,000 Canadians and over 90 organizations shared their ideas about an accessible Canada, marking the largest and most accessible consultation on disability issues that Canada has ever seen. Participants expressed the importance of how the Government of Canada uses "disability" and "accessibility" broadly in the legislation so that everyone with a disability is included. They indicated that the meaning of "disability" should include a full range of abilities and limitations, including invisible disabilities, such as learning disabilities or mental health issues, and episodic disabilities, such as multiple sclerosis or epilepsy. The resulting definition in the Accessible Canada Act ensures the inclusion of both invisible and episodic disabilities in areas covered by the Act.
We recognize that while we have made great strides in fostering inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities, there is still much work to do as we move toward a more inclusive and barrier-free Canada. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the disability community, other governments, stakeholders and all interested individuals to improve the social and economic inclusion of Canadians with disabilities.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||5|
|Prince Edward Island||3|