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Carleton University Introduces the Canadian Accessibility Network

Published by on September 18, 2019

Carleton University Introduces the Canadian Accessibility Network

Chloe Ilagan, University of Ottawa Law Student, 2021. July 2019

On June 26, 2019 Carleton University announced that they are establishing a national partnership, called the Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN), to advance accessibility for persons with disabilities. The CAN will unite organizations, and stakeholders across the country to advance accessibility in 5 key areas: (1) Research, Design and Innovation; (2) Education and Training; (3) Policy; (4) Employment, and (5) Community Engagement. 

Research, Design and Innovation 

CAN will bring together researchers to provide solutions to design barriers in technologies, spaces, products, and transportation.

Education and Training

CAN will develop and coordinate education and training in accessibility by combining knowledge from health sciences, disability studies, policy, teaching, etc. 


CAN will host a national think tank to monitor and advise on the Accessibility Canada Act by working with governments, the public and private sector


CAN will initiate a public awareness campaign to promote employment of persons with disabilities. 

Community Engagement 

CAN will initiate knowledge mobilization across community organizations and post-secondary institutions. 

The creation of CAN follows the passage of the Federal “Accessible Canada Act”.  In addition, the rising number of Canadians with disabilities and a greater societal understanding of disabilities indicate that it is an opportune time for collaboration on accessibility issues. Given that advocacy of Canadian stakeholders has been crucial to promoting the rights of people with disabilities thus far, CAN hopes to further the work in creating an inclusive and accessible Canada.

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