Accessibility Advisory Committee

Below you will find a description about the Accessibility Advisory Committee as well as a list of Committee Members and the most recent Minutes and Agendas for the Accessibility Advisory Committee that are available for you to download.

Committee Information for the Accessibility Advisory Committee:

The City of Port Colborne AAC is dedicated to promoting equal opportunity and access for all persons, regardless of needs, to participate as fully as possible in all aspects of community life.

The goals of the Advisory Committee are to encourage and facilitate accessibility on behalf of all challenged persons by:

- Advise municipal council on the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards and the preparation of accessibility reports.

- Review site plans and drawings for buildings and facilities.

- Provide advice on the preparation of accessibility reports, including the annual accessibility plan, as required under the AODA.

- Promote public awareness and sensitivity

- Educate businesses about providing accessible customer service and meeting the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation

Committee Members

Ron Bodner
Status: Councillor
Email Ron Bodner
Staff Liaison

Accessibility Standards

In 2005, the Ontario Government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to make Ontario accessible by 2025.

Accessibility standards have been created as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. These standards are rules that businesses and organizations in Ontario need to follow to identify, remove and prevent barriers so that people with disabilities have more opportunities to participate in everyday life.

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service was the first standard to become law.

The next three standards - Information and Communications, Employment, and Transportation - have been combined under one regulation, the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. This regulation is now law and the requirements currently in regulation are being phased in between 2011 and 2021.

An for the built environment (buildings and outdoor spaces), the Ontario Building Code has been amended to inculde enhancements to accessibility in buildings. As of January 1, 2015, new construction and renovations will be subject to updated accessibility requirements. Learn more about the changes to Ontario's Building Code.

For more information visit the website for the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.

View City's webpage with respect to Accessible Standards.