“We are calling for a National Strategy” These are the words of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh as he was talking to his supporters in Welland, ON, on October 17, 2019.
A reporter asked a question on Accessibility Canada Act, and Singh said
“What we have called for, both nationally and provincially, is a strategy to make sure we address the needs of people living with disabilities. We are calling for a National Strategy on developing a program and a plan to make sure all of Canada is accessible.”
The message that disability organizations, self-advocates and other individuals have been taking to their candidates, taking to social media and sharing has been effective in getting the idea that we need a National Disability Strategy to remove the barriers and meet the needs of the more than 6.2 million Canadians with disabilities.
While not committing to a National Disability Strategy yet, The Liberal Party is also onboard with working on priorities for Canadians with all disabilities as they have announced through their Equality Statement, As part of this, they will be looking at ensuring all future legislation and policies are applied through a disability lens, similar to the gender lens that have been working with since 2015. They have also highlighted that they will immediately increase the Child Disability Benefit.
With the election almost over, we hope that we can keep this momentum going through the start of the new session of Parliament, and we are ready to work with all those elected MPs to bring needed change to the disability community in canada.
It will take more work, but we are committed to seeing a #BarrierFree Canada and a Canada that serves Every Disability. Every Age. Every Need.