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Canada Wants To Be The World’s Most Accessible Place For Travellers

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Travel-addicted Canadians have a new reason to celebrate: the government has announced their goal of making the country the most accessible place to navigate, coast to coast.

It’s still early stages but the Feds are currently gathering information and opinions about how to improve our vast travel network, including big airlines, cruise ships, VIA Rail and Amtrak train service, large ferries, and both Greyhound and MegaBus. “(It’s) an ambitious vision,” says the Canadian Transportation Agency’s CEO Scott Streiner, “but we believe that in a country who values include equality and inclusion, we should aspire to nothing less.”

Canada wants to increase accessibility for travellers who experience a wide range of both physical and mental issues. That means things like training staff to be better communicators, installing self-serve desks for people with hearing impairments, and looking at how to remove barriers from train stations, airports, and ferry docks as well as making trains, planes, and boats themselves more accessible to travellers.

The CTA plans to look at how to improve security screening, too. The goal is to make these new standards official by this summer — Canadians would see them in action by mid-2020.

Provincial accessibility minister Carla Qualtrough said that the government is “taking action to remove barriers and bring us one step closer to making Canada’s national transportation system the most accessible in the world.”

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