TORONTO — The Ontario government has announced next steps in developing a new framework for improving accessibility in the province.
The proposals were created based on recommendations made by former Ontario lieutenant-governor David Onley as part of a legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act as well as input from stakeholders, stated a Jan. 28 release.
The framework, announced by Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho, identified four areas for reform: breaking down barriers in the built environment; government leading by example; increasing participation in the economy for people with disabilities; and improving understanding and awareness of accessibility.
As part of the mandate to address the built environment, the Ontario Building Officials Association is receiving funding from the government’s Enabling Change Program to enhance its curriculum and training on accessibility.
“By making building officials more aware of the challenges people with disabilities face in accessing buildings and training them about areas of improvement, new and existing buildings can be planned and built to be more accessible,” the release stated.
“We know that making Ontario accessible is a journey that cannot be completed overnight or alone. The Advancing Accessibility in Ontario framework will support our work with all of our partners across government and beyond to remove barriers for people with disabilities,” said Minister Cho.