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Accessible Canada Act (S.C. 2019, c. 10)

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Act current to 2020-03-05 and last amended on 2019-07-11. Previous Versions

PART 8General (continued)

Regulations (continued)

Marginal note:Limited application — broadcasting

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), regulations made under subsection 117(1) apply in respect of a regulated entity that carries on a broadcasting undertaking only if the regulations relate to the identification, prevention and removal of barriers in the areas referred to in paragraphs 5(a), (b), (f) and (g) and in the area referred to in paragraph 5(c.1) as it relates to the areas referred to in those paragraphs.

  • Marginal note:Non-application — employment equity

    (2) Regulations made under subsection 117(1) that are in relation to employment do not apply in respect of a regulated entity that carries on a broadcasting undertaking and that is not subject to the Employment Equity Act.

  • Marginal note:Non-application — areas specified in regulations

    (3) Regulations made under subsection 117(1) that are in relation to the identification, prevention and removal of barriers in an area referred to in paragraph 5(g) do not apply in respect of a regulated entity that carries on a broadcasting undertaking if requirements in relation to the identification, prevention and removal of barriers in that area apply to the regulated entity under

    • (a) a condition of a licence issued under Part II of the Broadcasting Act;

    • (b) an order under subsection 9(4) of that Act; or

    • (c) a regulation made under subsection 10(1) of that Act.

Marginal note:Limited application — telecommunications

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), regulations made under subsection 117(1) apply in respect of a regulated entity that is a Canadian carrier or a telecommunications service provider only if the regulations relate to the identification, prevention and removal of barriers in the areas referred to in paragraphs 5(a), (b), (f) and (g) and in the area referred to in paragraph 5(c.1) as it relates to the areas referred to in those paragraphs.

  • Marginal note:Non-application — areas specified in regulations

    (2) Regulations made under subsection 117(1) that are in relation to the identification, prevention and removal of barriers in an area referred to in paragraph 5(g) do not apply in respect of a regulated entity that is a Canadian carrier or telecommunications service provider if requirements in relation to the identification, prevention and removal of barriers in that area apply to the regulated entity under a condition imposed under section 24 or 24.1 of the Telecommunications Act or a regulation made under that Act.

Marginal note:Limited application — transportation

 The only regulations made under subsection 117(1) that apply in respect of a regulated entity that is required to comply with any provision of regulations made under subsection 170(1) of the Canada Transportation Act are those that relate to the identification and removal of barriers, and the prevention of new barriers, in the following areas:

  • (a) employment;

  • (b) the built environment, other than a passenger aircraft, passenger train, passenger bus, passenger vessel, aerodrome passenger terminal, railway passenger station, bus passenger station or marine passenger terminal;

  • (c) the procurement of goods, services and facilities that are not related to the mobility of persons with disabilities;

  • (d) areas designated under regulations made under paragraph 117(1)(b); and

  • (e) the area referred to in paragraph 5(c.1) as it relates to the areas referred to paragraphs (a) to (d).

Marginal note:Exemption

  •  (1) On application by a regulated entity, the Minister may, by order and on any terms that he or she considers necessary,

    • (a) exempt a regulated entity from the application of any provision of regulations made under subsection 117(1) if the Minister is satisfied that the regulated entity has taken or will take measures that will result in an equivalent or greater level of accessibility for persons with disabilities; or

    • (b) exempt a class of regulated entities from the application of any provision of regulations made under subsection 117(1) if the Minister is satisfied that all the members of the class have taken or will take measures that will result in an equivalent or greater level of accessibility for persons with disabilities.

    The order ceases to have effect on the earlier of the end of the period of three years that begins on the day on which the order is made and the end of any shorter period specified in the order.

  • Marginal note:Copy to Accessibility Commissioner

    (2) The Minister must provide the Accessibility Commissioner with a copy of every order made under subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Non-application of Statutory Instruments Act

    (3) The Statutory Instruments Act does not apply to an order made under paragraph (1)(a), but the order must be published in the Canada Gazette and the reasons for the making of the order must be made available to the public.

Marginal note:For greater certainty

 For greater certainty, nothing in any provision of this Act or the regulations limits a regulated entity’s duty to accommodate under any other Act of Parliament.

Miscellaneous

Marginal note:Collaboration — complaints, applications and grievances

  •  (1) The Accessibility Commissioner, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board must work together to put in place mechanisms for the efficient and expeditious referral to the appropriate authority of accessibility-related complaints, applications and grievances.

  • Marginal note:Notice of referral

    (2) If an authority referred to in subsection (1) decides not to deal with a complaint, application or grievance for one of the following reasons and it decides to refer the complaint, application or grievance to the appropriate authority, it must cause a written notice of its decision, and the reasons for it, to be served on the individual that filed the complaint or application, or presented the grievance, and on the individual or entity that is the subject of the complaint, application or grievance:

    • (a) the complaint, application or grievance is one that could more appropriately be dealt with, initially or completely, according to a procedure provided for under any Act of Parliament; or

    • (b) the complaint, application or grievance is beyond the jurisdiction of the authority required to serve the notice.

  • Marginal note:Suspension of time

    (3) If an authority causes a notice under subsection (2) to be served, the period that begins on the day on which the complaint or application was filed or the grievance was referred to adjudication and that ends on the day on which the complaint, application, or grievance was referred to the appropriate authority is not to be included in the calculation of any time the individual has to avail themselves of any procedure under any Act of Parliament.

  • Marginal note:Disclosure of information

    (4) An authority referred to in subsection (1) may, for the purpose of implementing the mechanisms referred to in subsection (1), disclose to the appropriate authority any information, including personal information, that is contained in a complaint, application or grievance that it refers to the appropriate authority.

Marginal note:Collaboration — policies and practices

 The Accessibility Commissioner, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board must work together to foster complementary policies and practices in relation to accessibility-related matters.

Marginal note:Obstruction

 It is prohibited to obstruct, by act or omission, the Accessibility Commissioner or his or her delegate while they are engaged in the exercise of powers or the performance of duties or functions under this Act.

Marginal note:False statements — Accessibility Commissioner

 It is prohibited to knowingly make any false or misleading statement verbally or in writing to the Accessibility Commissioner, or to his or her delegate, while they are engaged in the exercise of powers or the performance of duties or functions under this Act.

Marginal note:False statements — records, reports, etc.

 It is prohibited for a regulated entity to knowingly make, or participate in, assent to or acquiesce in the making of a false or misleading statement in any record, report, electronic data or other document that it is required to prepare, retain or provide under this Act.

Marginal note:Section 126 of Criminal Code

 Section 126 of the Criminal Code does not apply to or in respect of any contravention of any provision of this Act or of regulations made under subsection 117(1).

Marginal note:Debts to Her Majesty

  •  (1) The following amounts constitute debts due to Her Majesty in right of Canada that may be recovered in the Federal Court:

    • (a) costs incurred by Her Majesty in right of Canada in relation to the inspection of a place or the examination of any thing;

    • (b) the amount of a penalty, from the time the notice of violation setting out the amount of the penalty is served;

    • (c) every amount undertaken to be paid under a compliance agreement entered into with the Accessibility Commissioner under subsection 82(1), from the time the compliance agreement is entered into;

    • (d) the amount set out in a notice of default referred to in subsection 82(4), from the time the notice is served;

    • (e) the amount of a penalty confirmed or corrected in the Accessibility Commissioner’s notice of decision served under subsection 84(4), from the expiry of the time specified in the notice.

  • Marginal note:Limitation period

    (2) No proceedings to recover a debt referred to in subsection (1) may be commenced after the expiry of five years after the day on which the debt became payable.

  • Marginal note:Debt final

    (3) A debt referred to in subsection (1) is final and not subject to review or to be restrained, prohibited, removed, set aside or otherwise dealt with except to the extent and in the manner provided by sections 81 to 84.

 
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