Legislation in New Brunswick
New Brunswick does not currently have an accessibility legislation despite having the second highest rate of disability in Canada.
The Select Committee on Accessibility recently released an interim report entitled Nothing About Us, Without Us: Moving Together Towards an Accessible New Brunswick and it was tabled in the legislature on December 16, 2022. The Select Committee reported that the province’s disability community strongly supports the development of an accessibility legislation and the committee agrees.
The Committee’s report recommends that the Government of New Brunswick have a draft accessibility legislation prepared by the end of May 2023.
The House passed Motion 78 which mandated the creation of the Select Committee on Accessibility. It is an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly and is responsible for conducting consultations with community stakeholders involved with the disability community and reporting to the Legislative Assembly with recommendations.
The purpose of Motion 78 is to generate recommendations on how the government can:
- Proactively eliminate and prevent barriers to ensure greater opportunities and access to services for people with disabilities.
- Ensure New Brunswickers receive services that are accessible to all, may move freely around public buildings and spaces, have access to all employment opportunities and accessible workplaces, have access to digital content and technologies, and receive barrier-free services and spaces.
Consultations began in the fall of 2021 and culminated in the Committee’s interim report which was released in December 2022.