Newspaper article The Canadian Press

List of Concerns Disability Advocates Have about Accessible Canada Act

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

List of Concerns Disability Advocates Have about Accessible Canada Act

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List of concerns disability advocates have about Bill C 81

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A list of concerns disability advocates have expressed about the federal government's Accessible Canada Act:

-- Bill C 81 does not include timelines, which advocates say are essential to ensure that key accessibility measures are taken.

-- It imposes no duty on government to use the powers available in the bill.

-- While it calls for federally regulated organizations to establish accessibility plans, the bill does not require the implementation of those plans.

-- The powers to make accessibility standards and enforce them rests with numerous federal agencies, making the bill's implementation and enforcement less effective.

-- It gives the federal government and various federal agencies the power to exempt organizations from a number of important accessibility obligations. …

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