Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

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Accessible Canada Act Introduced

June 20, 2018 –The Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, introduced the Bill entitled “An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada” in the House of Commons.

This is the first piece of federal legislation aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities and includes the term “episodic” in the definition of disability – a positive step in recognizing the nature of many disease, including multiple sclerosis.

This is an important step forward in the legislation before the House adjourns for the summer.

It will be debated in both the House and Senate and undergo additional readings before receiving royal assent and officially becoming law, a process that will begin when Parliament resumes in the fall.

Additional Links:

Plain Language Summary of the Bill

Parliamentary process and “How laws are made”

Press release regarding the announcement

MS Society’s submission to consultation