This section lists accessibility laws and policies in Canadian provinces. Visit the Canada – National section for laws and policies applicable across the country.
- In the Canadian province of Manitoba, the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law in 2013. It focuses on barriers for people with disabilities, not general human rights. The legislation applies to both the public and private sectors, and there are rolling timelines for different sectors. It is made up of five standards, covering the areas of customer service, employment, information and communication, transportation and the built environment. The customer service standard was enacted in 2016, the employment standard is expected to be enacted in 2017 and the information and communications standard is being worked on as of mid 2017. The Province of Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) supports the legislation
- In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the Accessibility Act (Bill 59) became law in 2017. It focuses on barriers for people with disabilities, not general human rights.
The Nova Scotia legislation applies to both the public and private sectors, and there are rolling timelines for different sectors. The law is made up of six standards, covering the areas of the delivery and receipt of goods and services, employment, information and communication, public transportation and transportation infrastructure, education and the built environment.
- The Province of Nova Scotia has launched the Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate with resources and information about the Act.
New Foundland and Labrador
- Bill 38, an Act Respecting Accessibility in the Province (passed December 2021)
- Provincial governmental portal with links to the accessibility Act, FAQs, and Standards Advisory Board
- In the Canadian province of Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) covers provincially-regulated public and private activities and standards have been enacted for the provision of accessible Information and Communications. Read the April 2014 A Guide to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.
- AODA is notable as it carries a $100,000.00 fine for corporations that fail to comply, although there has been recent criticism that the law is not being effectively enforced. There were five original standards: Customer Service, Information and Communication, Employment, Transportation and Design of Public Spaces. A Health Care standard was added in 2016/17, and an Education standard was proposed in mid 2017.
- The Ontario Human Rights Code covers provincially-regulated activities.
- The Accessible Saskatchewan Act – Summary of Bill (introduced Fall 2022)