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2011 Accessibility Plan Builds on Successes with More Improvements to Accessible Services

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.    

Background

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 accessibility.info@mississauga.ca.

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.

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Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
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Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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