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Hello SCI Alberta members,
If you will be attending a post-secondary institution in September, 2018, this announcement is for you! In combination with their partners, SCI Canada is pleased to offer 3 scholarships: Copnick-Hilliard, SunLife Financial and Kirby Rowe.
To be eligible for funding, you:
1) must have a spinal cord injury and be a Canadian citizen/landed immigrant
2) must be attending, or will be attending, a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada (September, 2018)
3) must provide a copy of your most recent two transcripts (unless you have not attended an educational institution within the past 5 years)
4) must provide three letters of reference
5) must be engaged as a peer volunteer with one of the SCI/CPA Federation Corporate Members (SUN LIFE FINANCIAL Scholarship only); letter of support from organization is required.
Please visit: https://sci-can.ca/application-scholarship for a more detailed explanation of each scholarship. If you have any questions regarding scholarship eligibility or requirements, please contact Kendra Todd: kendra@sci-can.ca


Calgary Wheelchar Curliing Association is looking for two slightly used wheelchairs to help equip our curliing program for the upcoming season. 

We need two folding manual chairs with footrests, 16-18 inches seat width, with some rear axle adjustability. Anti-tip bars are not mandatory but would be welcomed.
Jack Smart
Calgary Wheelchair Curling Association



News release

Most significant progress for people with disabilities in over 30 years

June 20, 2018                    Gatineau, Quebec                   

Employment and Social Development Canada

Today, following the most inclusive and accessible consultation with Canadians with disabilities and with the disability community, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, introduced the proposed Accessible Canada Act to Parliament. This historic legislation would enable the Government of Canada to take a proactive approach to end systemic discrimination of people with disabilities.

The goal of the legislation is to benefit all Canadians, especially Canadians with disabilities, through the progressive realization of a barrier-free Canada. The act would establish a model to eliminate accessibility barriers and lead to more consistent accessibility in areas under federal jurisdiction across Canada.

The bill outlines how the Government of Canada will require organizations under federal jurisdiction to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility, including in:

  • the built environment (buildings and public spaces);
  • employment (job opportunities and employment policies and practices);
  • information and communication technologies (digital content and technologies used to access it);
  • the procurement of goods and services;
  • the delivery of programs and services; and
  • transportation (by air as well as by rail, ferry and bus carriers that operate across provincial, territorial or international borders).

The Government of Canada is providing funding of approximately $290 million over six years that will further the objectives of the new legislation.

The act would strengthen the existing rights and protections for people with disabilities, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Human Rights Act and Canada’s approval of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It will do this through the development, implementation and enforcement of accessibility standards, as well as the monitoring of outcomes in priority areas. These requirements will be enforced by the new powers and enforcement measures needed to ensure compliance, and overall implementation will be monitored. No longer will Canadians with disabilities be expected to fix the system through human rights complaints, instead, new proactive compliance measures will ensure that organizations under federal jurisdiction are held accountable to ensuring accessible practices.

As the Government of Canada moves forward with the implementation of the proposed act, continued and meaningful participation by Canadians with disabilities will be crucial towards realizing a barrier-free Canada.

The Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO) will be Canada’s first-ever standards development organization exclusively dedicated to accessibility issues and will be led by persons with disabilities.

In keeping with the objectives of the bill and respecting the Government’s approach to historic and modern treaties, we will also support the work of First Nations leaders and communities to improve accessibility on reserve.

While this legislation is a significant first step in ensuring a barrier-free Canada for all Canadians, the Government of Canada will work collaboratively with partners in both the public and private sectors to create opportunities for full participation by people with disabilities in their communities and workplaces, and to help change the way society thinks, talks and acts about disability and accessibility.



“Society benefits when all Canadians can fully participate. The proposed accessible Canada act represents the most important federal legislative advancement of disability rights in Canada in over 30 years. Thank you to the many community leaders and advocates who have worked for years and decades to make this happen. With the proposed act now in Parliament, we are one step closer to our goal: to have a truly inclusive and accessible Canada.”

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

"Today's announcement marks a significant milestone in improving accessibility for all Canadians. As a life-long advocate for disability rights and a person living with a disability myself, I am proud to lead a portfolio tasked with enhancing accessibility in federal buildings and establishing an accessible procurement resource centre. This important work will help ensure the goods and services purchased and offered by the Government of Canada are more accessible for all Canadians."

– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Quick facts

  • In 2012, approximately 14 percent of Canadians aged 15 years or older reported having a disability.

  • Between 2011 and 2016, disability-related complaints represented just over half of all the discrimination complaints received by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

  • The 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability indicates that there are approximately 412,000 people with disabilities who had the potential and willingness to work, but who were unable to secure or retain employment.

  • According to the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability, 49 percent of people with disabilities aged 25 to 64 were employed, compared with 79 percent of Canadians without disabilities.




Beginning July 15, 2018 the city of Edmonton will be using a digital camera system that scans license plates to validate if a vehicle's parking is paid. This new automated system is unable to “read” accessible parking placards. As a result, courtesy parking for placard holders will be discontinued at EPark stalls when the new system is in place. Placard holders will be required to pay for parking at EPark stalls.

Once the new system is implemented, a grace period for placard holders will be in effect. If you receive a parking ticket in an EPark zone will you may contact Bylaw Ticket Administration at 780-496-5161 or ticketadmin@edmonton.ca and ask for the ticket to be cancelled. The City will provide one parking ticket cancellation for placard holder during this transition. Parking tickets will be mailed, rather than left on the vehicle's windshield under the new system.

The city will continue to offer free parking at nearly 100 designated on-street accessible stalls downtown, in Old Strathcona and in business areas controlled by the EPark system.

If you have concerns regarding these changes, SCI Alberta encourages you to contact any of the following; City of Edmonton by calling 311, your City Councilor, Mayor Don Iveson to voice your concerns on this issue. Thank you






Alberta Health Services warns public about text scam
June 13, 2018


EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is warning the public about a text scam involving the use of the organization’s name.


Recently, this new phishing scam has been sent to some members of the public’s cellphones. The message states ‘Alberta Health Services sent you funds’ and includes a link for Albertahealthfunds.co


The text looks something like this: Alberta Health Services sent you funds Visit: Albertahealthfunds.co


If the link is clicked, it opens a new page that looks like an Interac E-Transfer page and seeks the personal and banking information of the recipient.


Alberta Health Services never sends text messages informing members of the public that money has been sent to them. AHS does not send funds owed to Albertans via Interac E-Transfer under any circumstances.


Phishing is a method of tricking people into clicking on malicious links and following instructions to download files and confirm personal details such as financial information, usernames and passwords. By sharing this information, criminals can take your money or access private information.


Protect yourself by watching for any text or online messages asking to ‘pay money to get money,’ especially if the messages have a sense of urgency or poor spelling and grammar.


For more information about phishing scams like these and other online threats to personal information, check out the Canada Anti-Fraud Centre Website http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm


Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.


If you have any questions or concerns, please connect with your local Volunteer Resources team member or your staff liaison.


On behalf of Volunteer Resources.


Manager, Volunteer Resources, Calgary Zone

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