Provincial legislation designed to achieve an accessible province by 2025 was passed by the government of Ontario in 2005.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) mandates private, public and non-profit organizations to provide access to goods and services, buildings and facilities, structures and premises, workplaces and accommodations. Standards are being developed to regulate accessibility requirements for:
The purpose of these acts is to improve the opportunities for persons with disabilities and to provide for their participation in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the Province.
Committees of people from the disability, business and public communities:
The government then decides what will become law and when.
Once developed and made into law, these standards will include the steps and timelines that businesses and organizations will have to follow.
The Accessibility Standards for the Customer Service Regulation is now law. It came into effect on January 1, 2008. Large public sector organizations have to meet requirements under this standard by January 1, 2010. The private sector and non-profit organizations will follow on January 1, 2012.
The municipality fulfilled the Customer Service Standard requirements on March 31, 2010.
The Accessibility Standards for the Integrated Accessibility Regulation is now law. It will come into effect on January 1, 2012.
Large public sector organizations have to meet requirements under this standard between 2012 and 2025.
Under the ODA, municipalities of 10,000 or more residents are required to establish accessibility advisory committees and a majority of their members must be people with disabilities.
The municipal obligations under the ODA include the following:
In response to these obligations, the Township of Clearview formed its Accessibility Advisory Committee in 2003. The committee has been assigned the task of advising Council on all matters pertaining to persons with disabilities.
In 2010, Clearview also formed an internal Accessibility Working Committee consisting of municipal staff representing the various administrative departments, library services, and a representative from the Clearview Accessibility Advisory Committee (CAAC). The Accessibility Working Committee is tasked with implementing the recommendations of the CAAC, complying with new accessibility legislation, and developing a yearly accessibility plan.
The Township of Clearview welcomes public input. It helps identify area where changes need to be considered and ways to improve the delivery of accessible services. Feedback may be provided by telephone, in person, in writing or by email.
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