OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is building a more inclusive societyby being a model workplace and leading the way for others to follow. Removing a barrier to participating in the community can sometimes be as simple as making public access to washrooms easier.
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In support of its efforts on accessibility and inclusivity for all, the government is taking steps to make its properties with accessible washrooms easy to locate through the Crohn's and Colitis Canada GoHere program. To start, the government has registered 20 of its Crown-owned properties in the National Capital Region and 3 in the Greater Toronto Area with the GoHere Washroom Locator app. This app helps people locate the closest publicly available washroom anywhere in Canada.
Over the next year, the government will explore ways to expand its participation in GoHere by registering additional suitable locations across the country, considering policy solutions, and working with current and future landlords to support increased washroom access.
Participating in GoHere is an example of how the government is making its facilities more accessible. While the focus of this program is to help people living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, which can cause frequent and urgent washroom trips, it enhances washroom access for all public use.
"Our government recognizes the importance of improving public washroom access. People living with inflammatory bowel disease often feel like they can't participate in the community because of the stress and anxiety of finding washroom facilities in time. Our participation in the GoHere program demonstrates our commitment to building accessible communities and improving lives."
- The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
"Our government supports this important initiative, which helps improve washroom access for those living with Crohn's or colitis. By participating in GoHere, we are sending a strong message to Canadians living with an invisible disability that their well-being is important to us and that we are taking steps to ensure accessibility and inclusion for all. Canada is stronger when each and every one of us can fully participate in society."
- The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
''Ensuring everyone in our community has access to the services they need is important to me and to our government. That's why I'm thrilled that people in Ottawa-Centre will have greater access to public washrooms with GoHere. When our communities are built on inclusivity and accessibility, we're all better off.''
- Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre and Minister of Environment and Climate Change
"We've heard from people living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis over and over again that being able to access washrooms can go a long way in managing their disease. Having the Government of Canada come on board with the GoHere program shows people across the country living with Crohn's or colitis that their health and their quality of life matters."
- Ms. Mina Mawani, President and CEO, Crohn's and Colitis Canada
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SOURCE Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
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