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Accessibility Information and Inclusion Services
People with disabilities represent a significant and growing part of our population. According to Statistics Canada, about 1.5 million Ontarians have disabilities - about 13.5% of the population. It is estimated that 20% of the population will have disabilities in two decades. In Cambridge that represents close to 25,000 people.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA, 2005), which became law on June 13, 2005, provided the province with the mandate to develop, implement and enforce sets of accessibility standards. The AODA (2005) applies to both public and private sector organizations with one or more employees in Ontario that provide goods, service, facilities or accommodation to the public.
The standards include accessible:
- Customer Service
- Built Environment
- Integrated Standard which includes:
1. Additional General requirements
3. Information and Communications
5. Design of Public Spaces
For more information about this standard please contact the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
Accessibility at the City of Cambridge
Accessibility Planning and Inclusion Services can answer your questions about:
- Accessibility issues related to municipal services
- Accessibility Planning in Cambridge
- Municipal obligations under Ontario Regulation
- Accessibility Advisory Committee
- Parking and/or snow removal issues
- Concerns with roads, curb cuts, and street lighting
- Information on Building and Zoning By-laws
- Access to information and/or education on accessible design in the built environment
- Accommodation and access to services - Program Supports and Adaptations
- Alternative Formats
In 2009 City Council approved the City of Cambridge Accessible Customer Service Policy, followed by the municipalities Barrier Free Statement of Practice
The City of Cambridge is committed to providing quality goods and services which are accessible to all persons we serve; with this in mind we welcome your feedback, questions about the City's assistive devices and requests for City of Cambridge public documents in an alternate format. Please contact the Accessibility Planning and Inclusion Services (519) 740-4681 ext. 4689
The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (ODA) 2001 was passed by the Provincial Government on Sept 30, 2002. The purpose of the Act is to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the province.
The ODA requires all municipalities to develop an annual accessibility plan, appoint an Accessibility Advisory Committee if over 10,000 in population, and make the Accessibility Plan available to the public. The accessibility plan shall address the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to persons with disabilities in the municipality's by-laws and in its policies, programs, practices and services.
The City of Cambridge is committed to ensuring a community that is accessible to all its citizens by working towards removing barriers experienced by persons with disabilities.
The Accessibility Plan includes actions related to the following operational areas within City services:
- General municipal practices
- Communications/information technology
- Human resources
- Planning, Zoning Development and Public Works
- Transportation and Traffic services
- Parking and By-Law Enforcement
- Recreation, Leisure, and Neighbourhood services
- Riverrun, Museum, Library
- Facilities, Property and Project Management
- Housing (this area is not under jurisdiction of Municipality)
- Tourism and Economic Development
- Fire and Police Services
City of Cambridge Multi-year Plan
City of Cambridge 2011 Accessibility Plan
City of Cambridge 2012 Accessibility Plan
Cambridge Accessibility Advisory Committee
Cambridge City Council appoints community members to sit on the Cambridge Accessibility Advisory Committee (CAAC). The role of the CAAC is to provide vision and direction to staff and Council regarding the removal of barriers that exist within Municipal services, practices and programs.
CAAC Terms of Reference
Training required for City suppliers of goods & services
Businesses and individuals that the City of Cambridge has contracted to provide goods or services to City customers must ensure that these employee are trained on providing accessible customer service. There are Provincial training resources available that can be used at no charge.
In 2013, City Council strengthened the City's commitment to accessibility by approving the Sustainable Procurement Policy emphasizing the importance of both building and purchasing goods and services that support accessibility, while lessening our carbon footprint.
City of Cambridge Sustainable Procurement Policy
Recreation and Leisure - Inclusion Services
Inclusion Services offers information on municipal services and recreation and leisure opportunities in the community for persons with disabilities. Please contact Inclusion Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 740-7681 ext. 4689 OR ext. 4292 for information and support to access city programs and events.
2013 Community Inclusion Recognition Award Information 2013 Community Inclusion Recognition Award Nomination Form
Programs are offered Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter and include (but are not limited to):
- ACCESS Cambridge Newsletter
- Leisure Buddy (1:1 support service program for children, and youth ages 3-25 with special needs
- Activities for Less (fee subsidy program for municipal programs)
- JumpStart (fee subsidy program through Canadian Tire)
- Kids In Camp Program - 1:1 Support for decentralized Day Camp & Summer Playground Programs
- SunBlast Playground Program
- Imagination Station Summer Playground Program
- PAL (Personal Assistant for Leisure Activities Card)
- Just Hangin' Out Youth Drop In Program for youth with Developmental Disabilities
- Cambridge Ice Hounds - Special Hockey Program for all ages
- Adaptive Equipment and Accommodation/Support options
- Various seasonal specialized recreation and leisure programs for people living with a disability