Accessible transportation consultation

Consultations on new accessible transportation regulations have ended

Background

On May 26, 2016, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) launched a Regulatory Modernization Initiative (RMI) to review and modernize the full suite of regulations it administers, including all accessibility regulations and related voluntary measures.

The CTA consulted extensively with persons with disabilities and industry, including members of its Accessibility Advisory Committee, as well as the general public, on which regulatory measures can help make the federal transportation network more accessible for persons with disabilities.

The CTA is now proposing to consolidate its various accessibility instruments – including six voluntary codes and two regulations - to create a single, robust, legally binding set of accessible transportation regulations, the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR).

The proposed ATPDR will cover all modes of transport under our jurisdiction – air, rail, bus, and ferry – as well as security and border screening. Unlike the voluntary codes of practice, the ATPDR would be legally binding on transportation service providers. The accessibility requirements in the ATPDR would be enforceable by administrative monetary penalties.

The regulations are not yet final or in effect. The proposed regulations were published in Part I of the Canada Gazette for a 30-day comment period which ended April 8, 2019.

The CTA is now reviewing all comments received and may make adjustments based on this feedback for the Publication in CGII. The final regulations are expected to be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette by summer 2019. Most provisions of the regulations would come into force one year from final publication, while some more complex technical provisions would be phased-in over three years.

Reference material

How to participate

Email: consultations@otc-cta.gc.ca

TTY: 1-800-559-5575

Sign language video submissions can also be uploaded.

All submissions will be considered public documents and will be posted on the Agency's website.

Milestones

Status
Accessible transportation consultation ends September 15, 2017
A summary report is now available.
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