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What are Accessibility Plans?
The Ontarians with Disabilities Act sets out the requirements for the annual accessibility plan. The accessibility plan must address the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to people with disabilities in the City's by-laws, policies, programs, practices and services.
The ODA notes that the annual plan must include the following components:
- Report on the steps taken to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities
- Detail how the City assesses its proposals for by-laws, policies, programs, practices, and services
- A list of the programs, policies, practices and services that will be reviewed in the following year to identify barriers
- Detail how the City will identify, remove and prevent barriers in the coming year
- Anything else covered in the regulations
Effective 2013, the City has transitioned to a Multi-year Accessibility Plan reporting process, as stipulated by the AODA, 2005 and progress of annual accessibility initiatives and activities are reflected in the multi-year plan updates. The City continues to move forward in implementing its obligations under the AODA. The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 continues to be in force until repealed in whole or part.
Why an Annual Accessibility Plan?
- All municipalities are required to implement the accessibility standards under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001.
- The City therefore makes public, an annual accessibility report outlining the level of compliance with the standards which may be randomly audited by the Provincial government to verify the contents of its reports.
- The City's Annual Accessibility Plan is an important annual task as the City moves forward in addressing both the spirit and the intent of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
- The Accessibility Plan coordinated by the Access and Equity Office provides details about accessibility initiatives that the City has or is undertaking which includes a report on the steps taken to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with visible and invisible disabilities, and sets out how the City assesses its proposals for by-laws, policies, programs, practices and services.
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