Members of several accessibility advocacy organizations say they’re pleased to see the Saskatchewan government moving forward with provincial accessibility legislation, but say any new standards or regulations will be ineffective without strict enforcement.
“Here’s a duty to accommodate, right now, so fix it or it’s a $5,000 fine. Right? That’s what I’m looking to see,” said Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Executive Director Nairn Gillies.
“You could use your hearing like that, your sight like that, your spinal cord like that, and then what are you going to do? Rely on the rest of us to be kind to you? That’s not appropriate.”
The Accessible Saskatchewan Act was introduced in the legislature last week, aimed at removing accessibility barriers in the province by setting new accessibility standards to be followed by government and the public sector.