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CNIB welcomes new federal accessibility legislation unemployed disability groups in the country, with only a 38 per cent employ- ment rate. We hope this legislation can help shift those numbers.” With less than 12 months until Parliament is dissolved ahead of the nextfederal election, CNIB says it will be meeting with as many parliamen- tarians and senators to educate and ensure timely passage of the Bill. CNIB says the Accessible Canada Act, tabled recently by the federal government, will ensure more than half a million Canadians living with sight loss can fully participate and have equal opportunity within federally regulated jurisdictions. The federal government has committed $290 million over five years to implement the legislation. CNIB says it especially supports the Act’s focus on increasing employment opportunities for persons with disabili- ties. Specifically, the federal government has committed to hiring at least 5,000 new employees with disabilities over the next five years, and to introduce a federal internship program. Additionally, Public Service and Procurement Canada will ensure all goods and services procured by the Government of Canada are acces- sible and will create an accessible procurement resource centre. “I'm pleased to see that the Accessible Canada Act is aligned with CNIB's mission of changing what it is to be blind,” says John M. Rafferty, president and CEO of CNIB. “Canadians with sight loss are one of the most 16 EYE FOCUS | August 2018