Background and Legislation
The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Diabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) were passed by Ontario Legislature with the goal of creating Standards to improve accessibility across the Province with a goal to have a fully accessible Ontario by 2025.
Approximately 20% of people in Ontario have some type of disability. In the Township of King, that translates to an estimated 3,100 residents that have some type of disability.
The Township of King is committed to providing quality goods and services which are accessible to all persons we serve. We have taken many initiatives to foster an inclusive commnity by indentifying and removing barriers to ensure that our goods and services are provided in a way that respects the dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for all people.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (AODA) became law in 2005. It sets out accessibility requirements that an organization must meet in the areas of customer service, information and communications, employment, transportation and the design of public spaces. These are called 'Standards'. The Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation and the Design of Public Spaces Standards were all combined under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR).
In December 2012, the IASR was amended to include accessibility standards for the built environment in relation to the Design of Public Spaces. This Standard applies to new construction and major changes to existing open space features. The Township has already begun to include this Standard in all works taking place in the Township and in the Procurement Policy. Work is being done now in order to ensure that parks, play spaces and public areas are made accessible for residents and visitors in advance of the 2016 deadline.
On January 1, 2015, the Ontario Building Code was amended to include the Accessible Built Environment Standards to enhance accessibility in newly constructed buildings and existing buildings that are to be extensively renovated.
The amendments to the Ontario Building Code work together with the Design of Public Spaces Standards to finalize the accessibility standards for the Built Environment. Township employees working in the affected departments have been made aware of the new legislation and have begun implementing them. The Engineering, Public Works and Building Department and Planning staff are ensuring when permits are issued that newly constructed or extensively renovated buildings meet the requirements of the newly amended Ontario Building Code as of January 1, 2015.
Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC)
The Township of King Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) was established in 2002 under the Provincial Legislation Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA). In 2005, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed. The AAC continues its original mandate of advising Council on identifying, removing and preventing barriers to accessibility, and on the preparation of an annual Accessibility Plan. The AAC also advises on implementation of the standards that are being developed under the new legislation. In addition to supporting Council, the AAC provides information and advice to individuals, organizations and the development industry on making homes, events and businesses accessible for all. All members of the committee are volunteers and are appointed for the term of Council.
Is Your Business Accessible to All Residents?
- Are ramps available as an alternate to steps and heavy doors?
- Are hard flooring surfaces used as opposed to rugs and area rugs?
- Are public areas free of physical obstacles?
- Are washrooms sufficiently large?; big wheelchairs need two square metres to turn around
- Is signage mounted no lower than one metre from the floor and no higher than 150 cm (5 feet)?
- Are there accessible water fountains, telephones, computer terminals, etc.?
- Is documentation available in alternate formats such as large prints, Braille, diskettes?
- Are there at least two ways to move from floor to floor? (ramps/elevators)
Did you know... The Accessible Channel (TACtv) is now on the air.
The Accessible Channel is a national descriptive, closed-captioned HD digital TV specialty service for the vision impaired and persons who are hard of hearing. More than 700 films, countless television programs and entertainment are accessible to all cable subscribers on The Accessible Channel. Check the TACtv Broadcast Schedule for The Accessible Channel.
Have Accessibility or Customer Service Feedback?
If you have any comments or wish to provide feedback about customer service or accessibility, please fill out and submit a Customer Service Feedback Form.
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
This website is compliant with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA. All documents are available in alternative formats upon request, please contact the Clerk's Department for more information or to request alternative formats.