Forward Regulatory Plan: 2021 to 2023 – Accessible Transportation Planning and Reporting Regulations

Enabling act(s)

Canada Transportation Act


The objective of this regulatory proposal is to implement provisions of the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) that create accessibility planning and reporting obligations for transportation service providers. These include requirements to: develop and publish an accessibility plan for achieving barrier-free operations, establish a process to receive feedback regarding the implementation of the accessibility plan and remove any barriers in their operations, and prepare and publish progress reports on the implementation of their plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The ACA requires Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), in addition to the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), to develop accessibility planning and reporting regulations for entities under federal jurisdiction.

ESDC, CTA and CRTC are collaborating to align, to the extent possible, regulatory approaches, with the goal of maximizing consistency and minimizing duplication and administrative burdens.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The impact on Canadians is expected to be positive, as these proposed regulations will help reduce barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities in the transportation system.

The proposed regulations will have a low impact on businesses.


Initial consultations on this regulatory proposal were launched on December 3, 2019, and concluded on February 28, 2020. The CTA sought input from its Accessibility Advisory Committee, disability community organizations, the transportation industry, and members of the public.

Proposed regulations were pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette on February 13, 2021, followed by a 65-day comment period. Final publication in Part II of the Canada Gazette is expected in fall 2021.

Departmental contact

Sonia Gangopadhyay
Director, Centre of Expertise for Accessible Transportation
Analysis and Outreach Branch
Canadian Transportation Agency

Date that the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

September 2020

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