Feds crafting law for people with disabilities

Government plans to get more people working follows survey showing one-half unemployed
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/02/2017

The federal government has committed to crafting a law aimed at getting more disabled Canadians to work. The creation of the Canadians with Disabilities Act, which would affect federally regulated employers, is set to follow consultation sessions happening across the country.

And removing accessibility barriers will be key, said Carla Qualtrough, minister of sport and persons with disabilities, speaking to the Canadian Press (CP), adding enforcement will also be on the agenda.

“Everything impacts employment,” she said. “If you don’t have a building environment that’s accessible, you can’t work there. If you don’t have the transportation that gets you there, you can’t work there. If you don’t have the technology that’s accessible, you can’t work there. All roads lead back to employment in some way.”