Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Declares May 28 to June 3, 2017, National AccessAbility Week

Canada – As Canada’s Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I believe that our country’s diversity is our strength—and when we include people with disabilities, we create a stronger Canada for everyone.

It is my pleasure to announce that launching this spring, for the first time in many years, an annual national week devoted to inclusion and accessibility.

From May 28 to June 3, 2017, National AccessAbility Week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces across the country.

We’ve made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, but there is still much work to do.
To create a truly inclusive society, we need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility—and we need to do it right from the start, not as an afterthought. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can take part and have an equal opportunity to succeed.

National AccessAbility Week will aim to bring this perspective to the forefront for Canadians, and highlight some of the important initiatives this government and its partners are undertaking to bring about this change.

Please join us in celebrating National AccessAbility Week. I invite you to host events in your own local communities, and participate on social media.

More information will be available in the coming weeks on Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada, and I urge you to follow @AccessibleGC on Twitter, Accessible Canada on Facebook and follow the hashtag #AccessibleCanada and #AccessAbility for the latest information.

Together, let’s continue working towards an Accessible Canada.

WHITBY -- Carla Qualtrough (right ) minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, speaks with Maayan Ziv, Quayce Thomas, and Micah Rakoff Bellman during the launch of the in-person consultation process on accessibility legislation at the Abilities Centre. August 23, 2016. (Durham Region)

WHITBY — Carla Qualtrough (right ) minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, speaks with Maayan Ziv, Quayce Thomas, and Micah Rakoff Bellman during the launch of the in-person consultation process on accessibility legislation at the Abilities Centre. August 23, 2016. (Durham Region)

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities – A successful lawyer, dedicated volunteer, and Paralympic swimmer, Carla Qualtrough’s commitment to addressing inequality and championing diversity makes her a strong advocate for Delta.

Committed to equity and inclusion, Carla has practised human rights law at the federal and provincial levels. She chaired the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia, and was an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Carla has been visually impaired since birth.

Passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to change lives, Carla has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. She has been President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Carla was on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and was Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society. As an athlete, Carla won three Paralympic and four World Championship medals.

Carla has degrees in political science from the University of Ottawa and law from the University of Victoria. Among many awards for her work, she has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.