The Accessible Canada Act is a federal law that aims to find, remove and prevent barriers facing people with disabilities. A barrier is anything that prevents people with disabilities from fully and equally participating in society. The goal of the Act is to create a Canada without barriers.

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

  • Consult people with disabilities;
  • Publish accessibility plans that explain how they are finding, removing and preventing barriers;
  • Set up ways to receive and respond to feedback about accessibility;
  • Publish progress reports about how they are following their accessibility plans.

Three regulations will tell organizations how and when they must do these things. Some organizations will have to follow more than one of these regulations.

Accessible Canada Regulations

All organizations will have to follow the Accessible Canada Regulations. These regulations are not in force yet. The government published a draft of the regulations in February 2021. The public had the chance to give their feedback. The government will soon publish the final version of the regulations.

The Accessibility Commissioner will check if organizations are following these regulations. The Commissioner will be a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Learn more about the draft Accessible Canada Regulations.

Accessible Transportation Planning and Reporting Regulations

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is making similar regulations for organizations in the federal transportation system. They will be called the Accessible Transportation Planning and Reporting Regulations. These regulations are not in force yet. Once they are in force, the CTA will check if organizations are following them.

Transportation organizations will also have to follow the Accessible Canada Regulations.

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Accessibility Reporting Regulations

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has made similar regulations for broadcasting and telecommunications organizations. They are called the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Accessibility Reporting Regulations. These regulations are in force now. The CRTC will check if organizations are following them.

Broadcasting and telecommunications organizations will also have to follow the Accessible Canada Regulations.

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