Welcome to our new Minister

Well – this is starting off on the right foot! We have a new minister who is qualified in many ways to respect and further the inclusion of people with varies disabilities in Canada. Welcome to our new Minister Qualtrough!

Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s new minister for sport and persons with a disability, brings a lifetime of experience to both portfolios.

Qualtrough, who was born with a visual impairment, first gained prominence as a three-time Paralympic Games medalist in the sport of swimming.

Background

The Delta, B.C., a lawyer who most recently worked as vice-chair with the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal of BC, and has a background in the field of human rights. She also worked as a mediator and arbitrator and chaired the Minister’s council on employment and inclusion for persons with disabilities. Her work in the sports field includes a role as director of inclusion for the Vancouver 2010 Legacies Now Society, and senior advisor on sports to the Prime Minister and special advisor to the director-general of Sport Canada.
Qualtrough is a former president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and was named one of Canada’s most influential women in sport six times.

Recent announcements

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced the Government of Canada supports the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, attended and delivered remarks at the 2017 IPC Para Snowboard World Championships Victory Ceremony in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Welcome to our new Minister