A recent e-petition supporting universal design was presented to the House of Commons by MP Mike Morrice.
e-4543 : Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled
- Over 22% of Canadians have a disability;
- Housing policy discriminates against people with disabilities;
- No building code in Canada mandates that housing be accessible;
- Thousands are forced out of their dwellings at the most vulnerable time in their lives because their homes are not accessible for them;
- This results in “hallway medicine” in hospitals, and long waiting lists for nursing homes;
- Millions of health care dollars could be saved by enabling people to remain in their own accessible homes;
- Approval and financing of inaccessible housing contravenes the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Canadian Human Rights Act, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability; and
- Universal design is defined by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as the design of an environment that can be accessed, understood and used by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.
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