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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/08/2006

Federal offices must offer sign language service

Ottawa — All federal government offices must provide service in sign language free of charge, ruled the Federal Court in a decision that deaf advocates say puts sign language on par with official languages English and French. Previously the 300,000-strong deaf community had to pay for sign-language interpreters. “It is fundamental to an inclusive society that those with disabilities be accommodated when interacting with the institutions of government,” wrote Justice Richard Mosley, in the decision.

29 per cent of wives earn more than their husbands