Technology Archives


August 19, 2014

Let's Talk TV

For too long, the CRTC has relied upon the market to deliver accessibility.  Throughout its history, CCD has witnessed the failure of voluntary self-regulation by industry.  CCD urges regulation of the broadcast industry to achieve the progressive realization of complete access to television by Canadians with disabilities and that the CRTC undertake consultation with the representative organizations of people with disabilities as it regulates for accessibility. Read more.

May 31, 2012

Crusading for 24/7 Access

The Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in the Jodhan case.  The Federal Court of Appeal recognized that Ms. Jodhan “has been denied equal access to, and benefit from, government information and services provided online to the public … and this constitutes discrimination against her on the basis of her physical disability, namely, that she is blind.” The Court also stated that, “Treasury Board has a constitutional obligation to bring the government departments and agencies under its control into compliance with the Charter within a reasonable time period, such as 15 months;”. Read more.

November 17, 2011

Comments on the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund

CCD provides comments regarding Bell Canada’s Proposal for the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund dated May 6, 2011. Read more.

November 17, 2011

CCD Comments on Over-the-Top Services

CCD calls upon the CRTC to use its regulatory authority, in a manner consistent with human rights principles, to deliver to Canadians with disabilities 100% access to television programing regardless of where or how the content is delivered to consumers. Read more.

November 17, 2011

CCD Comments on BCE Purchase of CTV

Television programming, usable by Canadians with disabilities, is an essential component of an accessible and inclusive Canada. Read more.

September 21, 2010

Access to Technology

Due to a lack of necessary access features in certain Government of Canada web sites, users handicapped by print are denied access to a vitally important source of information that many Canadians take for granted and depend upon in order to lead safe and productive lives in this country.
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August 19, 2009

Review of the Internet Traffic Management Practice of Internet Service Providers

CCD/ARCH submit that people with disabilities are entitled to the freedom to use the Internet as they wish, equally with others.
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July 24, 2008

Council of Canadians with Disabilities Preliminary Submission to CRTC Re: Unresolved issues related to the accessibility of telecommunications and broadcasting services for persons with disabilities, Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-8 and T

In its brief CCD argues: access and equality will only be achieved through regulation; new barriers must not be created; a national approach must be taken to communications; CRTC must ensure its actions abide by the principles of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act; on-going consultation with people with disabilities is essential; the principles of universal design must guide the development of telecommunications and broadcasting services and products. Read more.