Canadian Airports Council welcomes Accessibility Summit

March 18th, 2024

Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) President, Monette Pasher, has issued the following statement regarding the Government of Canada announcement that they will hold a National Air Sector Accessibility Summit on May 9th.

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) welcomes Ministers Rodriguez and Khera’s announcement of a National Air Sector Accessibility Summit to be held in May. This summit will be an excellent opportunity for our sector to engage with government, industry stakeholders and the disability community on this important subject.

“For airports, accessibility in the travel journey is about much more than regulatory compliance,” said CAC President, Monette Pasher. “It is about ensuring that all passengers feel that they belong and have a seamless, respectful and dignified experience. We are shaping our objectives and activities as an association around this goal. The National Air Sector Accessibility Summit is a great way to bring all partners together to learn, improve and aim higher for all our passengers.”

“For many years, Canada’s airports have been taking meaningful action on accessibility enhancements. We have just rolled out a new national training program on accessibility for Canadian airport authority employees. We worked with learning management experts and the disability community to ensure this training is state of the art, so we can provide the best barrier free environment to assist a person with any disability through their airport journey. We are also working to develop a 5-year Roadmap for Canada’s Airports toward Canada’s vision of Barrier Free Travel by 2040.”