Mar 30, 2011
The City of Mississauga's eighth annual Accessibility Plan; 2010 Annual
Report and 2011 Initiatives were approved today at City Council.
"The City of Mississauga is continuing to offer accessible services, and is ahead of
schedule in meeting targets being proposed by provincial legislation," said Diana Simpson,
City accessibility coordinator.
Simpson explained that accessibility is now embraced as part of the planning process in all
departments at the City of Mississauga. Ensuring accessibility issues are addressed early
in planning means that accessibility features are now being implemented more efficiently, often
without the need for expensive retrofitting.
According to the report, the City will continue efforts in a number of areas, including
public awareness, implementing facility accessibility design guidelines, training, and
reviewing corporate policies and plans with attention to accessibility.
Evaluating information technology used for providing City services online will be an
additional focus, as will improving the accessibility of MiWay, the new Mississauga Transit, by
purchasing more accessible buses and increasing the number of fully accessible bus routes.
The 2011 Accessibility Plan was developed with the Accessibility Staff Working Group made up
of staff from all departments, in consultation with the Accessibility Advisory Committee
(AAC). The AAC includes representatives from the disability community and stakeholder
community groups, and two members of Council; Katie Mahoney, councillor Ward 8 and Pat Saito,
councillor Ward 9.
On June 13, 2005 the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
was enacted. The AODA requires the development of accessibility standards with the goal
of leading to an accessible Ontario by 2025.
For copies of the plan please visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/accessibility.
For more information please contact Diana Simpson at 905-615-3608, TTY 905-616-3411 or
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000
businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional
head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of
Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for
Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering
value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046