Accessible Canada Act (ACA) enters first reading

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities logo with "Ontarians" crossed out and "Canadians" written in red marker

Today was a historic day in Canada. No, not just because marijuana is about to become legal, but because the Trudeau Government also released for first reading the “Accessible Canada Act” (ACA) which seeks to codify and enforce accessibility standards for federal agencies and organizations.

It is perhaps an understatement to say that today is a big day to be a disabled Canadian. When I was younger, I was assured a national disability-focused act (like the Americans with Disabilities Act) would never be possible because of federalism – provinces would never consent to the federal government interfering in their business, even if it is for the greater good. But where many have failed before, Trudeau has now embarked on the long climb toward royal ascent with the ACA being submitted for first reading today.

The following are some of my scattered thoughts upon first read. Continue reading “Accessible Canada Act (ACA) enters first reading”