Employment of Persons with Disabilities Act

An Act respecting the development of a national employment strategy for persons with disabilities

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

Sponsor

Don Davies  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of June 9, 2015
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment provides for the development and implementation of a national strategy to increase the economic participation of persons with disabilities.

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Employment of Persons with Disabilities ActRoutine Proceedings

June 9th, 2015 / 10:05 a.m.
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NDP

Don Davies NDP Vancouver Kingsway, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-687, An Act respecting the development of a national employment strategy for persons with disabilities.

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise to introduce a private member's bill, seconded by the hon. member for Newton—North Delta. The bill is a product of the Create Your Canada contest in my riding. It owes its genesis to the imagination and hard work of a young high school student in Vancouver Kingsway, Harriet Crossfield from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School.

Harriet's idea, enshrined in this bill, calls for the development of a national employment strategy for persons with disabilities. This legislation would require the Minister of Employment and Social Development to draft a plan to improve the economic participation of persons with disabilities throughout Canada. Included in this plan would be measures to educate private-sector employers about the great potential of persons with disabilities to contribute to the workforce, encourage more inclusive hiring practices, and reduce stigma. Harriet's idea would tackle the unfair social exclusion faced by too many persons with disabilities in Canada, and create new potential for a more dynamic and inclusive labour force.

I would like to congratulate Harriet on her contribution to Parliament and our country, and thank her teachers and all who entered this contest from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)