Purpose:

To assist Council by advising, reviewing and making comment and recommendations on federal and provincial legislations and Municipal By-laws of the City of Port Colborne in the interest of people with disabilities citywide.

The goals of the Accessibility Advisory Committee are to encourage and facilitate accessibility throughout the City by:

  • advising Council on the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards and the preparation of accessibility reports;
  • reviewing site plans and drawings for buildings and facilities;
  • providing advice on the preparation of accessibility reports, including the annual accessibility plan, as required under the AODA;
  • promoting public awareness and sensitivity; and
  • educating businesses about providing accessible customer service and meeting the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.

Terms of reference:

The Accessibility Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference and Mission, Goals and Objectives

Members:

Bobbie Broughton

Robyn Garner

Bryan Ingram

Laura Slade

Andrea Mamo

Cynthia Skinner

Alison Chambers

Nancy Busch

Alexa Schonewille

Ron Bodner (Member of Council)

Upcoming agenda:

Not available at this time.

Minutes:

2019

June 17, 2019 (discussion notes only as quorum was not obtained)

May 27, 2019

2018

July 10, 2018

Upcoming meetings:

Not available at this time.

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.