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Celebrate National AccessAbility Week

From The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

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 participate 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 encourage 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.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Celebrate National AccessAbility Week by joining us June 1, 2017 for an Evening for Inclusion, a celebration of all that is ParaSport. The Evening For Inclusion. It is an annual, one-night music and awards show that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of athletes, volunteers, coaches and the movers-and-shakers of ParaSport Ontario. The concert will feature performances by renown Canadian artists weaved between award presentations.

An Evening for Inclusion is proudly brought to you by ParaSport Ontario. Our focus is on the development and promotion of athletes with a physical disability throughout the Province of Ontario. Don’t miss out on this highly anticipated evening. Purchase your tickets at: Evening for Inclusion