The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is launching consultations on Phase II of the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR). We would like to invite your organization to provide input to these consultations.
On July 10, 2019, Phase I of the ATPDR were finalized and published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The ATPDR establish comprehensive and legally binding requirements on services, technical standards for equipment, communications, training, and security and border screening. Most provisions of the regulations, which apply to large transportation service providers, will come into effect on June 25, 2020.
The Accessible Canada Act (ACA), which came into force on July 11, 2019, provides the CTA with new authorities to advance the accessibility of the national transportation system.
Building on these developments, Phase II of the ATPDR has four objectives:
- Apply ATPDR provisions to small transportation service providers as much as possible – with adjustments, as necessary, to reflect their unique operating realities;
- Determine whether or not to apply the One Person, One Fare (1p1f) requirement to international travel and to small transportation service providers;
- Determine what, if anything, to require of transportation service providers with respect to Emotional Support Animals and service animals other than dogs; and
- Establish planning and reporting obligations for transportation service providers, pursuant to the ACA.
We are seeking your input on the issues of greatest concern to your organization. To focus your input, we recommend that you review the questions raised in the Consultation Paper on Phase II of the ATPDR.
Please feel free to respond to all questions, or only to the question(s) of interest to your organization. All written submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.