Annex A provides guidelines to help in the interpretation of this policy.
These guidelines may be updated periodically based on experience in applying the policy.
This policy is consistent with fundamental Canadian legal principles.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees certain democratic rights to all persons and prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability.
The Treasury Board and the Public Service Commission are committed to developing an inclusive, barrier-free work environment in which all persons have equal access to opportunities in the federal Public Service, appointments are based on merit and all employees feel included and valued.
Creating such a work environment requires that differences are accommodated before the merit assessment is undertaken and that assessment and evaluation tools are inclusive and barrier-free.
Under the Employment Equity Act, the Treasury Board and the Public Service Commission share employer responsibilities to the extent of their authority under the Financial Administration Act and the Public Service Employment Act.
This policy therefore sets out the requirements for the Treasury Board, the Public Service Commission and their delegates.
Facilities (installations) -- includes premises and equipment.
Flexible work arrangements (modalités de travail flexibles) -- include but are not limited to telework and compressed work weeks.
It is the policy of the Treasury Board and the Public Service Commission to create and maintain an inclusive, barrier-free environment in the federal Public Service to ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities.