Public Input Sought on Accessibility Laws

CBC news, Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Manitoba government is seeking public input as it draws up legislation aimed at making the province more inclusive and accessible for seniors and
people with disabilities.

The government released Tuesday a discussion paper outlining a vision of a barrier-free society, citing an expected 38 per cent rise in the number of
Manitobans with disabilities by 2031.

The number of seniors will also rise by 43 per cent in 20 years, the government said.

“We plan to remove barriers by working with the public and private sectors on long-term proactive solutions rather than only relying on human-rights
complaints to address issues,” Labour Minister Jennifer Howard said.

The government stated that in 2009, nearly one-half of complaints filed with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission related to disability discrimination,
and 37 per cent of formal complaints to the commission in the six years prior to 2009.

Manitobans are being encouraged to provide written submissions to the province after reading the discussion paper, available at and

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