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 Accessible Canada Act is based on the principles below. Organizations must consider these principles when preparing their accessibility plans.


Everyone must be treated with dignity.


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

Barrier-free access

Everyone must have barrier-free access to full and equal participation in society.


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

Laws, policies and programs

Laws, policies, programs, services and structures must take into account:

  • people's disabilities
  • the different ways people interact with their environments
  • the different and overlapping types of marginalization and 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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