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We are currently accepting applications for our technical committee on accessible procurement. The application period ends March 19, 2024 at 23:59, Pacific Time.

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Join our technical committee to help us create accessibility standards. This is a unique opportunity to be a leader for accessibility and inclusion.

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Technical committee on accessible procurement

There are common areas where people with disabilities may experience barriers to accessibility in procurement. Such barriers can prevent the full participation of people with disabilities including both employees and clients. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The goods and services purchased or leased are not accessible.
  • There is a lack of flexibility throughout the procurement process. This can affect, for example, the Government of Canada employees purchasing the goods and services and the vendors selling them.
  • The bidding and evaluation criteria are inaccessible. This can prevent people with disabilities from participating in bid processes (competitive and non-competitive).
  • The procurement-related communications and documents are not in accessible or alternate formats.

The standard will address these barriers by establishing the following:

  • accessibility criteria for purchasing and leasing goods and services
  • a procurement process that is accessible, both for the employee responsible for the purchase and the bidder (vendor)
  • requirements for including suppliers that show they are committed to including people with disabilities in the procurement process.

Membership

Experts with disabilities are key to the successful development of accessibility standards. Experts with disabilities as well as other experts would fit into one of the stakeholder categories noted below. A technical committee has 18 members.

Accessibility Standards Canada is dedicated to creating committees that reflect the diversity of the Canadian population. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to consider applying to the technical committees.

Group 1: Lived experience and public interest

There are 2 categories in this group:

Persons with disabilities

Under the Accessible Canada Act, "disability" is defined as:

any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication, or sensory impairment—or a functional limitation—whether permanent, temporary, or episodic in nature, or evident or not, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders a person’s full and equal participation in society.

Any persons with a disability (as defined in the Act) can represent this category or other related category.

Consumer and public interest

This includes those who represent national, regional, or international consumer bodies. This includes, but is not limited to, those representing persons with disabilities. However, they cannot fall into the “business and industry” category (see group 4). It also includes experts who focus on consumer or public interests.

Someone who is not part of a specific stakeholder category is often considered a member of this category.

Group 2: General interest

There are 2 categories in this group:

Academic and research bodies

This includes those who represent universities and other higher educational bodies. It also includes the professional educators associated with them. Professional associations and research institutions are also part of this category.

Non-governmental organizations

This includes those who represent charitable, not-for-profit, or non–profit-distributing organizations. These bodies must have a public interest objective related to social or environmental concerns.

Group 3: Policy-makers

There are 3 categories in this group:

Government bodies and authorities with jurisdiction

This includes those who represent the following:

  • international and regional treaty organizations
  • federal, provincial, and territorial, or municipal government bodies
  • bodies that have a legally recognized regulatory function
Labour and unions

This includes those who represent an international, national, or local trade union. It also includes federations of trade unions. These are bodies that promote or safeguard the collective interests of employees in relation to their employers.

Standards development bodies

These experts represent accredited standards organizations that develop, publish, and maintain standards.

Group 4: Standards users

There are 3 categories in this group:

Federally regulated industries and workplaces

These members may represent an air transportation company, a bank, or a grain elevator. Representatives of a First Nations band council or federal Crown corporation also fall under this category.

Federally regulated public sector bodies, municipalities, and territorial private-sector firms

These are bodies regulated under parts II and IV of the Canada Labour Code.

These individuals represent the federal public service and Parliament. These are bodies regulated under part I of the Canada Labour Code. These are representatives of private-sector firms and municipalities in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Representatives of government and other bodies that do not have the authority to create policy related to the standard are considered “standards users.”

Business and industry

These individuals may represent any of the following:

  • manufacturers, producers and designers
  • service industries
  • companies involved in distribution, warehousing, or transport
  • business and trade associations

Frequently asked questions

 

 

How will members be chosen?

Accessibility Standards Canada's technical committees have members who are persons with disabilities and stakeholders whose work could be affected by our standards. This means that our committees are well-balanced. It also means that the standards we create are reliable and:

  1. reflect the needs and perspectives of Canadians with disabilities;
  2. take into consideration the needs of the organizations which will apply those standards;
  3. take into consideration the perspectives of partners, including provinces and territories; and
  4. leads to best practices.

These four aspects will increase the adoption of the standards.

How does the selection process work?

A selection panel reviews all applications and chooses members. We review applications for:

  • lived experience of persons with disabilities
  • professional experience
  • education and training experience
  • technical knowledge, and
  • stakeholder category

We are creating technical committees with a balance of perspectives. This includes perspectives coming from persons with disabilities and representatives from all stakeholder categories listed in the Membership section above.

How long does the selection process take?

We are committed to ensuring our technical committees include the best mix of experts. This process can take about 6 months or more. We will notify all applicants whether they are successful or not.

How much time will I have to commit as a technical committee member?

The standards development process takes up to 36 months. The following table categorizes how many hours members can expect to dedicate to a technical committee:

Steps: Standards development process Hours per month
Months 1 to 5 (5 months): Letter of Offer and Scoping 10 to 12 hours
Months 6 to 25 (20 months): Task Group work up to 5 hours
Months 26 to 29 (4 months): Public review period 0
Months 30 to 33 (4 months): Addressing public comments 10 to 12 hours
Months 34 to 36 (3 months): Publication process 0

The amount of time you interact and work with the committee will fluctuate. This is due to the nature of the standards development process, and the steps involved. For example, during the 4-month public review period, members will not be expected to meet at all.

Once the standard has been officially published, a maintenance phase begins. This is where the committee can make amendments to the standard. You should expect to dedicate the same amount of time to this second phase of the process.
 
Depending on your role with the committee, you may need to dedicate up to an additional 8 hours per month. These roles include:

  • Chairperson
    • The Chairperson is in charge of leading the Technical Committee during standards development.
  • Vice Chairperson
    • The Vice Chairperson assists the Chairperson in their duties.
  • Task Group Leader
    • A Task Group Lead is a Technical Committee Member who is in charge of a task group.
Will persons with disabilities be compensated for their work as experts on the committees?

We are following Canadian and international best practices to develop our standards. This means we recruit persons with disabilities and other experts to be sure our committees are balanced. These are volunteer roles, but if an expert with a disability is not paid by an organization, we will pay them for their role on a technical committee.

Where will meetings be held?

Technical committee meetings are held virtually. These meeting bring together people from different regions across the country and with diverse accommodation needs. This approach optimizes meeting accessibility and encourages full participation by all members. Holding virtual meetings also eliminates travel time to a specific location. It also means that they can be held more frequently. Finally, it simplifies logistics while optimizing the use of resources.

Will I be reimbursed if there is travel involved?

Technical committee meetings are held virtually. Should members eventually need to travel, Accessibility Standards Canada would cover some expenditures, as per the Government of Canada travel directive.

Will meetings be accessible?

Accessibility Standards Canada will work with technical committee members to meet their accessibility needs.

Application form

 

We are accepting applications until March 19, 2024. If you have questions or need assistance filling out the form, contact us by:

  • Phone: 1-833-854-7628
  • E-mail

 

Notes

  1. The form only allows you to apply for one technical committee at a time. If you are interested in joining more than one, you must submit an additional application.
  2. Once you submit your completed form, you should see a confirmation message. If you do not get a confirmation message, please contact us right away by phone or e-mail.

 

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Ensuring diverse representation

We strive to ensure our committees are diverse. If you wish to declare that you belong to any of the following groups, please answer the questions below.

Responding to these questions is voluntary. Your answers will be used for statistical purposes and to ensure diverse representation on committees.

An Indigenous person is someone who identifies as a North American Indian or as a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit person.
A member of a visible minority is someone (other than an Indigenous person) who is non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour, regardless of place of birth.
Someone who is a part of the LGBTQ2IA+ community is someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, two-spirit, intersex, or asexual.
Gender: How do you identify?

People with disabilities

Experts with disabilities are key to developing successful accessibility standards. The Accessible Canada Act defines disability as follows:

"Disability means any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication, or sensory impairment—or a functional limitation—whether permanent, temporary, or episodic in nature, or evident or not, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders a person’s full and equal participation in society."

Please select your disability, or disabilities, from the list below. (select all that apply)

Stakeholder categories

Experts with or without disabilities may fit into one or more of the following categories. If you answered yes to the question “Are you a person with a disability?”, you can:

  • skip this section; or
  • select additional stakeholder categories from the list below.
If you answered no to the question “Are you a person with a disability?”, you must select the category, or categories, that best represents you.
 
Select the category, or categories, that best represents you.

Committee

You are applying to join the technical committee on Accessible Procurement.
 

Your expertise

 

Role of chairperson or vice chairperson

The positions of chairperson and vice chairperson are chosen from among the committee members. If you are selected for a committee, would you like to be considered for one of these roles? Read more about these roles here.

Resume

Please upload a copy of your resume (one file only, 1 GB limit). Your resume should be 2 pages or less. It must clearly describe your experience and knowledge relevant to the technical committee you are applying to.

Note : Instead of a resume, you can also attach a video in ASL or LSQ highlighting your expertise.

Privacy notice statement

When you apply to join a technical committee, we need to collect and keep your personal information. This information may be used for policy analysis, research, or evaluation purposes. This is permitted under section 32 of the Accessible Canada Act.

The decision to apply is yours. If you do not provide personal information, your application is not complete.

The Privacy Act and other laws protect your personal information. You have the right to access and correct this information. Your personal information will be stored in PSU 919: Personal Information Bank for Members of Boards, Committees and Councils.

If you wish to comment on how Accessibility Standards Canada manages your personal information, contact the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.