Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee (JAAC)

The City of Port Colborne is committed to providing a barrier-free environment for residents, job applicants, suppliers, visitors, and other stakeholders entering our premises, accessing information, or using our services.  Please see our Accessible Customer Service Policy for further details.

The City of Port Colborne is a member of the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee (JAAC), a partnership between seven communities in Niagara: Thorold, Pelham, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Grimsby and Port Colborne. Together, with Council, we share a commitment to facilitate identification and removal of barriers to people with disabilities, promoting equal opportunities to our citizens of all abilities.

JAAC Meeting Schedule
Thursday, September 14, 20236:30pm-8:00pm
Thursday, November 9, 20236:30pm-8:00pm


Agenda & Minutes 
DateAgenda and MinutesNotes

July 2023



May 2023



March 2023



December 2022



December 2021


October 2021



August 2021


March 2021



June 2019 Minutes (discussion notes only as quorum was not obtained)
May 2019 Minutes  
July 2018 Minutes 

 * Agendas are prepared a week prior to the meeting and will be posted on the website when available.


Additional information:

Accessibility Standards

In 2005, the Ontario Government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to make Ontario accessible by 2025.

Accessibility standards have been created as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. These standards are rules that businesses and organizations in Ontario need to follow to identify, remove and prevent barriers so that people with disabilities have more opportunities to participate in everyday life.

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service was the first standard to become law.

The next three standards - Information and Communications, Employment, and Transportation - have been combined under one regulation, the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. This regulation is now law and the requirements currently in regulation are being phased in between 2011 and 2021.

For the built environment (buildings and outdoor spaces), the Ontario Building Code has been amended to include enhancements to accessibility in buildings. As of January 1, 2015, new construction and renovations will be subject to updated accessibility requirements.

Consultant Contact Information
Donna Herrington
Email - donna@theherringtongroup.ca
Phone - 905-380-4782

Admin Contact Information
Matthew Trennum - City Clerk, City of Thorold
Email - matthew.trennum@thorold.ca
Phone - 905-227-6613 x 226