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March 27th, 2023

AG report shows Liberals failed to deliver accessible transportation for Canadians living with a disability

In response to the Auditor General's (AG) report on Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities, NDP Critic for Disability Inclusion Bonita Zarrillo issued the following statement:

“Canadians living with a disability expect and deserve accessible, quality services, including transportation. The AG’s findings that two-thirds of people with a disability find barriers on planes and trains in Canada is unacceptable. The AG report highlighted that websites for planning and booking trips remained inaccessible to persons living with a disability. This is completely unacceptable.

Just yesterday, there was another story of discriminatory treatment of a family just trying to access a flight with a wheelchair. The Liberal government must step up to fix these issues. In federally regulated sectors, government is expected to do everything possible to lift all barriers that prevent Canadians living with a disability from travelling. This means ensuring that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Via Rail and the Canadian Transportation Agency are held accountable for failing to make travel more accessible. The government also has an obligation to ensure that resources are available and staff are trained to deliver the services people living with a disability depend on.

New Democrats call on the Liberals to do what’s right to ensure that people living with a disability face no barriers when travelling.”