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On April 24, the Government of Manitoba will be introducing a new bill in the Manitoba Legislature, expanding on the rights of persons living with disabilities in the province.

“We are encouraged that the NDP is taking disability rights seriously,” stated Kelly Moist, president of CUPE Manitoba. “Once enacted, this bill will set a new standard in the province, and will promote more discussion on disability and accessibility issues in Manitoba.”

The new bill is expected to reach third reading by the end of June, when it will become legislation.

CUPE has been working on a national campaign across the country to raise awareness and action on disability rights in the workplace and the community,” said Moist, “This new bill sends a strong message to Manitobans living with disabilities that the Manitoba government is not only adapting to the needs of the community, but taking a strong legislative stance in support of removing barriers and increasing access for all Manitobans.”

CUPE Manitoba is a proud endorser of Barrier Free Manitoba - a coalition of community organizations working towards disability rights legislation in the province.

CUPE represents over 25,000 members in Manitoba, including members working in support services for people living with disabilities.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

David Jacks, Communications Representative at (204) 801-7339