The Accessible Canada Act – ADA (Bill C-81) will receive Royal Assent today (June 21, 2019). Once received, it will be law, in effect, and assure a barrier-free Canada by the year 2040.
The ADA mandates all agencies controlled by the Federal Government to remove barriers for those with accessibility needs. Moving forward, this will directly impact these categories:
- Built Environment
- Information / Communication Technologies
- Communication (not included in Information / Communication Technologies)
- Procurement of goods / services / facilities
- Design / delivery of programs and services
- Other items defined in the Bill where regulations can be applied
Impacts of the ADA to Information / Communications Technology
For those in the Information / Communication Technology fields, I would like to do my part. I’ve created a strategy to help you get started with you projects now and moving forward. This is a high level comparison of points from the ADA and impacts related to this field:
|ADA (Parts)||Information / Communication Technologies Impacts|
I’ve been an advocate of Web Accessibility for a long time – almost 20 years. To see an act like the ADA finally become a reality will add much needed quality to the lives of so many in Canada. When Bill C-81 passed the House of Commons in May, I thanked The Honourable Carla Qualtrough with this Tweet:
Web Accessibility is only one part of the ADA and I know there are many many others who have contributed as well. I also want to say thanks to everyone else involved in all the other aspects of greater accessibility and inclusion.
It’s efforts like this that make me feel like a proud Canadian and further empower me to help change the lives of others in my own little way.
Now … let’s get to work!
Related Links (Recent)
- Bill C-81 (Accessible Canada Act) has been adopted
- Future of Web Accessibility in Canada – Bill C-81 (Accessible Canada Act)
- Government of Canada: National AccessAbility Week – May 26 to June 1
- Parliment of Canada: Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act
- Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance
Related Links (Historic)
- Federal Court of appeal’s May 30 2012 decision in Jodhan v. Canada, reaffirming the Federal Government’s constitutional duty to ensure its websites are accessible to people with disabilities.
- Blind Canadians Applaud Decision of the Federal Court of Appeal Finding That Federal Government Breached Charter Rights
- Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians – September 2011 Activities Report
- Future of Web Accessibility in Canada
- Nablopomo – Day 29 – Future of Web Accessibility in Canada – Update
- Future of Web Accessibility in Canada – Judgement Amended