Accessibility Legislation for Saskatchewan
In the 2019 Speech from the Throne, government announced it will introduce new legislation aimed at removing and preventing accessibility barriers. The new accessibility legislation will look at design of public spaces, information and communications (including customer service standards), service animal certification, public sector procurement, public sector employment and public transportation.
During the development of this legislation, we will be seeking feedback from people across Saskatchewan, including the disability community, stakeholders, the private sector and the general public.
Current status: Preparing for public engagement
The first step in creating legislation is developing an act, which is the foundation of the legislation and will set out key definitions, areas under which regulations can be developed, authority for creating accessibility regulations and standards, enforcement measures, review processes and time frames for implementation.
The second phase of public engagement will focus on accessibility regulations and standards. During this phase, we will be asking for detailed feedback on specific rules and standards to improve accessibility under each of the key areas identified for the act.
How you can be involved
We want to hear from you!
In early 2021, we will begin our first phase of public engagement to gather input on the act. During this phase, people with disabilities, community organizations, the private sector and the general public will have a variety of opportunities to have their voice heard and help shape the development of the act.
What already exists:
- Accessible Canada Act
- The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act (UBAS)
- Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission Code and Regulations
- Saskatchewan Disability Strategy