Federal Government Extends Consultation on Accessibility Standard on Employment
Date: October 11, 2023
Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC) has extended the period for interested stakeholders to provide comments on its draft Accessibility Standard on Employment (Standard). Interested stakeholders now have until October 31, 2023 to provide comments.
The Accessible Canada Act (ACA) came into force on July 11, 2019, and the Accessible Canada Regulations (Regulations) made under the ACA came into force on December 13, 2021. The ACA and its Regulations require federally regulated entities to prepare and publish accessibility plans, set up feedback processes and report openly on their progress in order to enhance accessibility in Canada.
As we previously reported, ASC published the draft Standard as part of its mandate under the ACA. The Standard is intended to provide direction to employers in identifying, preventing and removing barriers to employment pursuant to the guiding principles and legislative requirements of the ACA and the Regulations. The Standard applies to federally regulated industries and workplaces listed in the ACA and the Canadian Human Rights Act. (For more information on the draft Standard, please see our Federal Post of July 26, 2023, Federal Government Consultation on Accessibility Standard on Employment). If you have any questions or require further information about federal accessibility requirements, please reach out to your regular Hicks Morley lawyer.
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