Improving Accessibility of our National Parks
Canada’s national parks are a source of pride for Canadians and are an integral part of our identity. These parks provide enjoyment to 16 million visitors each year, which include both our residents as well as tourists from around the world. Yet, there has been a surprising lack of focus on making these parks accessible by individuals with disabilities. One in five (22%) Canadians over the age of 15, and nearly one in 20 children under 15 (4.6%) have a disability. The Accessible Canada Act requires that our national parks become accessible to these individuals and their caregivers by 2040.
The goal of this project is to revise existing national park accessibility standards for individuals with disabilities (of all ages), and to develop recommendations for making the national parks barrier free by 2040.
We plan to:
All of this work will be done in consultation with stakeholders including individuals with disabilities, their caregivers, and Parks Canada.
To learn more about the project, please visit our website at www.accessibleparkscanada.ca.