Legislation in Canada

On June 21, 2019 the Accessible Canada Act  received Royal Assent, making it law in Canada. The Accessible Canada Act is federal accessibility legislation and its stated purpose is to achieve a barrier free Canada by 2040.

The Accessible Canada Act applies to organizations under federal responsibility and accessibility standards requirements will roll out in stages, with the objective of achieving full accessibility compliance by 2040.

The Accessible Canada Act will establish standards for how organizations are to identify, remove and prevent barriers in the following areas:

  • Employment
  • Built environment
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Communication, other than information and communication technologies
  • Procurement of goods, services and facilities
  • Design and delivery of programs and services
  • Transportation