Mar 07, 2012
Mississauga's ninth accessibility plan outlines
how the City will continue to improve services for people with disabilities from 2012 to
2017. The plan, which focuses on implementing a range of new provincial
accessibility standards, was approved today by City Council.
"The City has been making great strides in improving accessibility over the past
several years. Continuing this progress and meeting the new Ontario standards will be our focus
for the next five years," said Diana Simpson, City accessibility coordinator.
"Our goal has always been to continue to improve accessibility across the City."
The new 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.
The new standards, included in a new regulation
made last year under the
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, include improvements to
transportation, employment, information and communication activities as well as services the
City delivers. It also requires updates to City policies to support the City's commitment
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.
Please visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/accessibility
for copies of the City's new accessibility plan. For more information please contact
Diana Simpson at 905-615-3608, TTY 905-616-3411 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 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 and maintaining infrastructure.
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