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Mississauga Makes City Services More Accessible in 2012

Dec 03, 2012

Key service improvements in 2012 are making it easier for people with disabilities in Mississauga to get around the City, and to take advantage of library services. MiWay, the City’s transit system, is now 100 per cent accessible in Mississauga, and the Mississauga Library has just added a new web page to help people find out about the accessible services and resources now available.

“An accessible city is a city that serves everyone better,” said Diana Simpson, City of Mississauga Accessibility Coordinator.  “One in seven people in Ontario could have a disability, and as our population ages, accessible services will be needed even more.”

Simpson noted that MiWay recently added more accessible bus stops to the accessible services they offer. Now, all transit routes in Mississauga are accessible.  This enhances last year’s achievement of having a 100 per cent accessible bus fleet.

Mississauga’s libraries have a wide variety of materials and resources for people with disabilities that will only grow over time.  The library has a new one-stop web page to highlight all the library’s accessible services and resources.

Background

December 3, 2012 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The United Nations designates this dayeach yearto provide an opportunity to address exclusion of people with disabilities by promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society.

The City of Mississauga’s Accessibility Plan details the goals set out by the City to ensure continued improvements for a more accessible Mississauga.  More detailed and technical information about MiWay accessibility is in MiWay’s Accessibility Plan. Find out more at www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/accessibility.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 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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Media contact:
Ann Lehman-Allison
Public Affairs Specialist, City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 3940
TTY 905-896-5151
ann.lehman-allison@mississauga.ca






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