In Ontario, 15.5% of the population is made up of persons with disabilities, this number is expected to increase as the population ages because the incidence of disability increases with age.
On December 14, 2001, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the ODA) was passed to improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities.
The ODA was designed so that municipalities, hospitals, school boards, colleges and universities, public transportation providers, government ministries and agencies, the private sector and people with disabilities can take part in making Ontario a more accessible province.
Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, people with disabilities have the right to be free from discrimination in employment, service goods, and facilities and housing. The right to equal treatment is also addressed in a number of Ontario statutes and regulations, which include:
- The Assessment Act
- The Blind Persons’ Act, 1992
- The Corporations Tax Act
- The Income Tax Act
- The Education Act
- The Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997
- The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997
The Accessibility Plan is available to the public through the Township’s website, as well as hard copies being available in the Township Office upon request. If a copy of the plan should be requested in Braille, every attempt will be made by staff and Council to contact CNIB for translation. If there are any questions or concerns about the understanding of the plan for those with certain disabilities, a staff member will assist them in answering their questions and providing further explanations where necessary.
The Council of the Corporation of the Township of Pelee is committed to:
- The continual improvement of access to municipal facilities, premises and services for those with disabilities;
- The provision of quality services to all members of the community with disabilities.
The Council has authorized the Clerk and/or Deputy Clerk to prepare an Accessibility Plan that will enable the Council to meet these commitments.
To view the Accessibility Plan, please click on the link below: