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Citizens With Disabilities Ontario (CWDO) is committed to the rights of all persons to participate fully in the civil, cultural, economic, political and social life of their communities.

ASC - Rail Travel

Chair:  Sousan Zaribaf

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities has been leading the way to ensure that federally regulated transportation, like air and train travel, will be accessible and respectful of the needs of persons with disabilities.


CCD challenged VIA Rail's decision to purchase inaccessible passenger railcars.  A chronology of this David-and-Goliath type battle to win the case can be found on the CCD's website.  Click here to read CCD's chronology of the Via Rail case.

Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA)

The Canadian Transportation Agency is responsible for ensuring that undue obstacles to the mobility of persons with disabilities are removed from federally-regulated transportation services and facilities.


The Agency removes undue obstacles in two ways:

  • on a case-by-case basis by resolving individual complaints formally, through adjudication and informally, through mediation and facilitation
  •  on a systemic basis by developing regulations, codes of practice and standards concerning the level of accessibility in modes of transport under federal jurisdiction, including air, rail, and extra-provincial ferry and bus transportation
 CTA Publications



With more member involvement, we could do more!


Our Committees always welcome new members who share CWDOs mission and values. We meet as needed, using the IDEAL online conferencing system.

To join this Committee and to find out the next meeting date, please contact the Committee Chair.   You must first be a member of CWDO to join a committee, and have the Chairs approval. 

If you are new, you will need to complete and send us a Membership Form.

Please review our IDEAL Conference instructions to find out how to participate on a Committee.


Last updated September 8, 2009