Principles of the Act

The Accessible Canada Act is a federal law that aims to find, remove and prevent barriers facing people with disabilities. The Act applies to the federal government and to organizations regulated by the federal government.

The Act applies to the federal government and organizations regulated by the federal government. These organizations must:

  • Consult people with disabilities;
  • Prepare accessibility plans;
  • Set up ways to receive and respond to feedback about accessibility;
  • Prepare progress reports.

The Act is based on seven principles. Organizations must consider these principles when preparing their accessibility plans. These principles are the foundation of the Act. Organizations must apply them in all parts of their work.

Dignity

Everyone must be treated with dignity.

Opportunities

Everyone must have the same opportunity to build the lives they want.

Barrier-free access

Everyone must be able to participate fully and equally in society without facing barriers.

Options, choices and support

Everyone must have meaningful options. Everyone should be free to make their own choices, with support if they want it.

Laws, policies and programs

All laws, policies, programs, services and structures must consider:

  • People’s disabilities;
  • The different ways people interact with their environments;
  • The different and overlapping types of discrimination people face.

Involving people with disabilities

People with disabilities must be involved in creating laws, policies, programs, services and structures.

Highest level of accessibility

Accessibility standards and regulations must aim for the highest level of accessibility.

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