ASL and LSQ are not yet recognized in Canada. The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) has been campaigning lately to get it recognized to ensure equality for Deaf people in Canadian society.
Achieving recognition of ASL and LSQ and official status would allow access for Deaf people to their full participation as citizens of their own country. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CPRD) mentions signed languages in its five articles. Canada has ratified the treaty in March 2010.
We want you! We have established a working group to promote the campaign to work with federal politicians and lawmakers. Interested in joining the working group, please contact Frank Folino at firstname.lastname@example.org