Making accessibility work for restaurants and customers in Nova Scotia

Published April 6, 2017

(Apr. 6/17) Restaurants Canada shared the foodservice industry’s views on Bill 59, The Accessibility Act, with the Law Amendments Committee of the Nova Scotia Legislature.

The Act aims to establish firm timelines for greater accessibility and inclusivity in the province.

In our presentation, we supported the principle of the legislation and highlighted what restaurants are doing to meet customer needs and preferences.

Our recommendations

  • Develop an education program to raise awareness, and help small businesses and their staff accommodate employees and customers with disabilities.
  • Ensure legislation has reasonable timelines and is flexible enough to recognize the physical diversity of restaurant locations, particularly in historic or older commercial core locations.
  • Introduce tax credits to help with renovations that make businesses more accessible.
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