Ontario Municipalities are on Target Lynda Staples Project Manager, Municipal Accessibility Association for Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO)
Agenda Introduction - Where Do We Start? Design of Public Spaces Municipal Success Stories
Barriers • Systemic • Attitudinal • Physical or structural
Legislative Background AODA applies to broader public, private sector and nonprofits • All levels of government • Municipalities • Stores, restaurants, supermarkets, medical • Nonprofits & charities • Schools, colleges & universities • ….Everyone !
Potential Economic Impacts • Accessibility is an investment in future prosperity • Ontario may be increasingly dependent on a workforce:– currently with disabilities; and/or– working beyond current retirement age • Boomers represent 40% of the income share in Ontario • Significant revenue increases for tourism and retail sectors • Spending power of $25 billion a year in Canada
The goal of the Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment is to remove barriers in public spaces and buildings. This will make it easier for all Ontarians — including people with disabilities, seniors and families — to access the places where they work, travel, shop and play.
Accessible Beach Paths Wasaga Beach Photos courtesy of the Town of Wasaga Beach AMCTO Award of Merit certificate recipient A.) Recreational trails/beach access routes
Crosby Park Richmond Hill Photos courtesy of Town of Richmond Hill Communications B.) Outdoor public-use eating areas like rest stops or picnic areas
Crosby Park Richmond Hill Photos courtesy of Glenn Steplock C.) Play spaces, like playgrounds in provincial parks and local communities
Rowing Club St Catharines Toronto Photos courtesy of Dr. Thomas Merritt
D.) Exterior paths of travel, like sidewalks, ramps, stairs, curb ramps, rest areas and accessible pedestrian signals Bainsville Barrie Cambridge Dutton Ingleside King City Mallorytown Morrisburg Napanee Tilbury Odessa Port Hope Trenton West Lorne Woodstock Each ONroute Centre is designed to the highest standards of accessibility—meeting standards established in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
Stoney Creek Community Centre London Photos courtesy of City of London E.) Accessible parking (on and off street)
Stoney Creek Community Centre & Public Library London Photos courtesy of City of London F.) Service-related elements like service counters, fixed queuing lines and waiting areas
Stoney Creek Community Centre & Public Library London Photos courtesy of City of London • G.) Maintenance • Make sure accessibility-related equipment and features are maintained
Thank you Lynda Staples Project Manager, Municipal Accessibility Association for Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO)