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Accessibility legislation, standards, and regulations in Canada


There are various accessibility legislation, standards, and regulations across Canada. The ones listed below are in force at the federal or provincial level. Some jurisdictions that aren’t listed are expected to develop their own legislation.


Accessibility Standards Canada aims to create accessibility standards for federally regulated institutions and organizations.

Helping to ensure compliance and progress towards achieving barrier-free federally regulated institutions and organizations are the Accessibility Commissioner and the Chief Accessibility Officer.

British Columbia

Accessibility legislation and regulations came into effect in B.C. recently.

Accessible British Columbia Act (2021) 

Accessible British Columbia Regulation (2022)

Newfoundland and Labrador

The province has an accessibility act.

An Act Respecting Accessibility in the Province (2021)

Nova Scotia

There is an accessibility act as well as regulations in the province.

An Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia (2017)

Accessibility Act General Regulations (2019)


It was the first province to enact accessibility legislation. The act protects the rights of public sector workers with disabilities.

Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration (1978)

Regulation of the Office des personnes handicapées du Quebec (1981)


The province’s accessibility act is the most recent among the provinces. It came into force in December 2023.

The Accessible Saskatchewan Act (2023)

How we can help

Keeping up to date and complying with different federal or provincial accessibility legislation, regulations or standards can be complicated. Our Accessibility Consulting team has worked with many organizations to create solutions tailored to their needs. Contact us to learn how we can help your business.

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