Ottawa – Canadians expect innovative, efficient and productive programs and services from an inclusive federal public service that reflects the true diversity of Canada. On the occasion of National AccessAbility Week, the Government of Canada today launched its first ever accessibility strategy for the public service of Canada, setting the conditions to identify, prevent, and remove barriers in the workplace to persons with disabilities.
The strategy, Nothing Without Us, is focused on 5 key objectives:
- improving recruitment, retention and promotion of persons with disabilities
- enhancing the accessibility of the built environment
- making communications technology usable by all
- equipping public servants to design and deliver accessible programs and services
- building public service that is confidently accessible
Guided by the principles in the proposed Accessible Canada Act and informed by extensive consultations, the strategy aims to prepare the public service to lead by example and become a model of accessibility, in Canada and abroad.