Nova Scotia’s governmentis moving forward with its promise to help make Nova Scotia a more accessible and inclusive place to live and work.
The goal of the Minister of Community Services’ Advisory Panel on Accessibility Legislation was to provide Minister Joanne Bernard with a set of recommendations to guide the drafting of accessibility legislation. Access and Fairness for All Nova Scotians: The Minister’s Advisory Panel on Accessibility Legislation meets this important goal. This report focuses on feedback about what should be contained in the legislation.
Yes, this legislation is about access, but it is equally about fairness. The recommendations in this report encourage accessibility as a means of ensuring that all Nova Scotians have the ability to participate fully in their communities.
The panel hopes to indicate how we can progress to being a province where every Nova Scotian can live, work, learn and play in an environment that is inclusive, welcoming and fulfilling.
- Community Services is committed to introducing the province’s first Accessibility Legislation in 2016.
- Between now and then, we'll be using the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of Nova Scotians to draft the new law.
- A Task Team will guide the legislative drafting process by developing a full working plan.
- 'Nothing about us without us' is still first in our minds and we will continue to include persons with disabilities in what we are doing.
From Left to Right: Speaker Kevin Murphy, Co-chairs Anne MacRae and Joe Rudderham, Minister Joanne Bernard, Advocate Marcie Shwery-Stanley