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Canada : Government of Canada invests in information technology to improve accessibility.

Canadians with disabilities deserve the same opportunities to find good jobs, contribute to their communities, and build a better life for themselves and their families. Yet many Canadians with disabilities still face barriers to full participation in the digital economy.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that the Government of Canada will invest over $2.7 million in AccessNow. This investment will enable AccessNow to directly address systemic barriers to engaging in the digital economy.

AccessNow offers an online platform that crowdsources information on public transit and venues, such as restaurants and businesses, that are accessible to persons with disabilities. The governments investment will help AccessNow expand the reach of its platform in Canada, allowing people to share informationin both of Canadas official languagesabout the accessibility features of public spaces through an interactive map. This will help give Canadians with disabilities a stronger voice.

The funding comes from the $22.3-million federal Accessible Technology Program. This program provides support for the development of assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies to help make it easier for Canadians with disabilities to participate fully in the digital economy.

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Our governments investment in AccessNow is an investment in Canadians with disabilities and an inclusive economy. By supporting the full participation of persons with disabilities in their communities and workplaces, we are creating opportunities so that every Canadian has a fair chance at success. AccessNow is doing great work in removing barriers to accessibility and with this funding can continue to do so on an even greater scale.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Together we are building an innovation nationone that is inclusive and works for everyone. To achieve this, our focus is squarely on our greatest asset: our people. AccessNow is a group of award-winning innovators who are leading the way with their passion for increasing accessibility and our awareness of its necessity. I want to commend them for their work and wish them tremendous success in delivering this new platform.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

At AccessNow, we see the incredible potential to use technology to empower people of all abilities. We are so thankful to the Government of Canada for believing in our vision to develop a more connected and accessible country with our platform. Our promise is to foster a global digital ecosystem that includes partners in the private sector and government and the grassroots power of community.

Maayan Ziv, Founder and CEO, AccessNow

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