Melanie Benard completed her B.C.L./LL.B. at McGill University’s Faculty of Law in December 2012. As a Board member of RAPLIQ (Regroupement des activistes pour l’inclusion au Québec), she is working to develop the field of disability law in Quebec. Melanie is also a freelance editor and researcher.
Moving Disability Law Forward in Quebec
This paper will demonstrate the urgent need for disability law reform in Quebec. It will trace the evolution of disability rights in Quebec over the past thirty years, focusing on the province’s disability-specific legislation from 1978 and 2004. Despite this legislation, Quebecers with disabilities continue to face countless obstacles in accessing public transportation, education, employment and leisure activities. Drawing on approaches in other jurisdictions such as Ontario and the United States, this paper will make specific recommendations for disability law reform in Quebec.