March 19, 2007

Transport Canada invites applications for Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation

Ottawa, Ontario – Lawrence Cannon, the federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has invited applications from seniors and people with disabilities who wish to serve as committee members on the modernized Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation. The committee has a mandate to identify obstacles and emerging issues in the national transportation system that affect accessibility, and to advise Cannon on accessibility issues and initiatives.

“It is through discussions with seniors and people with disabilities that we better understand the challenges faced on a regular basis, as well as the need to continue to make our federal transportation network more accessible,” Cannon says. “This is the first time committee membership has been opened to individuals rather than associations.”

Once the application process is complete, Transport Canada will select up to nine consumer members to serve on the committee. Membership will include a diverse group of individuals representing seniors, people with visual, hearing, mobility and learning disabilities, and people with service animals. Individuals with specialized knowledge of disability issues may also apply. Each member will serve a three-year term and will have the opportunity for extension or a renewal of one term.

The committee will also involve industry representatives, including major carriers and industry associations from all modes of transportation under federal jurisdiction.

Applications are available at Transport Canada’s wesbite or by calling 1-800-665-6478, or by TTY at 1-800-823-3823. Applications must be received by March 23, 2007.

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