Policy Domain Area Committee (DAC)

Institutions and businesses need expert guidance to embed accessibility in their organizational and policy frameworks. CAN works with governments, public and private sectors provincially and nationally, to assist with development and evaluation of accessibility-related policies and procedures.

Policy DAC Priorities for the 21/22 Operating Year

Currently, the Policy DAC is working on the following strategic priorities:

  •  Identifying and responding to emergent issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as they arise and engaging with relevant stakeholders or governing bodies to ensure the consideration of the needs and rights of people with disabilities.
  • Reviewing Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC) research and priorities for 21/22, from a policy perspective, to identify opportunities to provide support, feedback and/or inform in alignment with CAN priorities –
  • Coordinating and hosting a Policy Forum Q&A with CEOs and Deputy Ministers for fall 2021 where they address policy questions being asked by public, private and non-profit decision-makers related to the Accessible Canada Act.
  • Conducting an accessibility and disability inclusion policy specific environmental scan to identify how governments (international and sub-national) are developing and implementing accessibility and disability inclusion policy.
  • Exploring the design of a disability inclusive policy analysis tool.

Other activities that they may be involved in include, but are not limited to:

  •  Policy/standards development and evaluation
  • Assessments and audits
  • Strategic planning, advising, consultation
  • Human rights and advocacy

The Role of DAC Members, Meetings and Time Commitment

DAC members are appointed to a one- or two-year role to work with the Committee. Members are involved in enacting the business of the Network, as it relates to the strategic priorities of the working group (as noted above).

DAC meetings happen bi-monthly (approximately 6 times per year) for up to 2 hours at each meeting – see Current Meeting Schedule.

There is an expectation that in addition to these meetings, members can anticipate that there will be an additional three to five hours a month (approx.) commitment that is outside of required meeting times that is dedicated to contributing towards the work of each Domain Area Committee. This time is dependent on the agreed upon work plan for the operating year and will fluctuate.

Please see Terms of Reference for the Policy Committee for more information on the governance of this Committee.


If you are interested in the work of the Policy DAC, please contact the CAN National Office at can@carleton.ca.