Ontario is leading the way in addressing the needs of all its citizens. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) has the goal of making Ontario completely accessible by 2025. The government now has 10 years of action left to reach that goal.
Ontario now has mandatory accessibility standards in 5 areas of daily life:
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The purpose of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) is to improve opportunities for people with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to allow their full participation in life.
To this end, the ODA mandates that each Municipality prepare an annual accessibility plan. The original Accessibility Plan was prepared in consultation with the Accessibility Committee in 2003 and updates have been prepared in each year thereafter. The plan and updates outline the history of initiatives to identify, remove and prevent barriers, operational and decision making reviews, completed initiatives and the targets and actions to be taken within the next 12 months. Our Accessibility Advisory Committee consists of one representative from each of the lower tier municipalities within our jurisdiction, with the majority of the Committee experiencing some form of disability.