What is the companion sticker?
The Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS) gives to the companion of a person with a disability free access to tourist, cultural or recreational sites approved by the program. The companion sticker is designed to enable people with a disability to take part fully and safely in these activities, in the same capacity as any other citizen.
Zone Loisir Montérégie has taken its lead from a model implemented in 1992, a collaborative effort between AlterGo, the Société du Parc des Îles and other partners from the Montreal disabled community. Hence, since 1999, people from la Montérégie may also take advantage of the Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS), in addition to the people from the Montreal region. Following its success in those two regions, word-of-mouth advertising ensured that the patronage from the other Quebec regions indicated its wish to have access to the companion sticker.
Consequently, Zone Loisir Montérégie, mandated by the Association québécoise pour le loisir des personnes handicapées (AQLPH) and strongly supported by national organizations such as the Association des paraplégiques du Québec and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, is gradually implementing the companion sticker program throughout Quebec. The principle is straight forward: any person with a permanent disability, whether physical, intellectual, developmental or sensory, or who has a mental illness, should have the same rights as his/her fellow citizens, no matter where that person lives. Currently, the companion sticker is available in ten out of sixteen Quebec regions. Other regions will soon be added. More than 16,000 people own a companion sticker and some 1300 tourist, cultural and recreational businesses and organizations are now members of the program.