06/24/2014 01:55 EDT | Updated 08/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia government creates accessibility panel to oversee legislation

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government says it has created a panel to help it develop legislation aimed at giving people with disabilities better access to everything from jobs to transportation.

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard says the panel will ensure the legislation includes all people with disabilities.

The government intends to introduce a bill to the legislature in the spring of 2016.

The province says the panel will be led by Anne MacRae of the Disabled Persons Commission and Joe Rudderham of Services for Persons with Disabilities.

It says the group of roughly nine people will focus on things like employment opportunities for people with disabilities, public awareness and transportation.

The government says public consultations will begin this year and a report will be delivered to Bernard by February 2015.