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Accessible Canada Act

The purpose of the Accessible Canada Act is to make Canada barrier-free by January 1, 2040. This involves identifying, removing and preventing barriers in federal jurisdiction in the following priority areas:

  • employment
  • the built environment (buildings and public spaces)
  • information and communication technologies
  • communication, other than information and communication technologies
  • the procurement of goods, services and facilities
  • the design and delivery of programs and services, and
  • transportation (airlines, as well as rail, road and marine transportation providers that cross provincial or international borders)

Communication, as a priority area, includes the use of:

  • American Sign Language
  • Quebec Sign Language (Langue des signes québécoise), and
  • Indigenous sign languages

The Act recognizes these sign languages as the primary languages of Deaf people in Canada.

Progress Reports