Dis­abil­i­ties Act to fo­cus on em­ploy­ment

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

TORONTO — The min­is­ter tasked with craft­ing laws to make Canada more ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties says em­ploy­ment will be a key fo­cus of her ef­forts. Carla Qual­trough, min­is­ter of sport and per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, says re­mov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity bar­ri­ers will be cru­cial to tack­ling long-stand­ing low job­less rates among the coun­try’s dis­abled pop­u­la­tion. Qual­trough says most as­pects of the an­tic­i­pated Cana­di­ans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act will ad­dress em­ploy­ment is­sues in some way, cit­ing ex­am­ples such as tar­geted pro­grams or im­prov­ing build­ing stan­dards that might make fu­ture work­places more ac­ces­si­ble. Data has long shown that Cana­di­ans with dis­abil­i­ties are greatly un­der-em­ployed com­pared to their non-dis­abled coun­ter­parts, with mul­ti­ple stud­ies find­ing that only half of dis­abled Cana­di­ans have found work.

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