Ontario has in place the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to adopt practices that eliminate barriers to participation of individuals with disabilities. The province undertook to be fully accessible by 2025. We are off course. We need a government that will make accessibility a priority.
What needs to change?
The Ontario government needs to ensure the province is fully accessible in five short years.
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario has been highly involved with the standard development committees of the AODA. We sat on the Transportation Standard Committee and currently have dedicated staff a part of the Employment Standard, Education Standard and Health Standard. We applaud the Accessibility Directorate’s Office for creating efficient processes within an open government where communities weigh in on the standard recommendations produced. We would like to see more traction in the process from recommendation to royal assent (making the standard law). We are looking for the government to produce quick and efficient legislation once standards are produced. We are looking to candidates to tell us how their political will for the AODA will be different. So we can truly see Ontario become the accessible province it needs to be.
News release sent out by the AODA to mark the 40th anniversary of Parliament agreeing to guarantee a constitutional right to equality to people with disabilities.
January 28, 2020
Ontario Establishes a New Framework to Continue Progress on Accessibility
Applying Cross-Government Actions to Advance Accessibility