Federal accessibility legislation must include strong equity and accommodation measures

Recently, the federal government held consultations on what should be included in new legislation dealing with accessibility for people with disabilities.

Our union strongly believes that people with disabilities should be able to fully participate in all aspects of life, including the workplace.

PSAC's recommendations

PSAC provided a submission which identified several key areas of concern.

The union’s submission focuses on our members in the federal jurisdiction who are covered by the Employment Equity Act (EEA). This Act applies to the federal government, agencies, crown corporations, and federally regulated industries. Federal contractors are also partly included.

The four key areas of concern with the union’s recommendations are:

  • employment equity
  • accommodation
  • termination of employment due to disability
  • staffing

This consultation process has given the federal government has an opportunity to remove accessibility and inclusion barriers faced by persons with disabilities in the public service by improving legislation, processes and policies that can serve as a model for all employers in the federal sector.

PSAC is ready to work with the government to make the necessary changes.


May 11, 2017