The City of Cambridge is committed to being responsive to the needs of all people who work, live and play within our city. We continue to implement the legislative requirements set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and work to meet regulations of the Ontario Accessibility Law and Human Rights Legislation.

 Help shape plans to improve accessibility in our city

We want to hear from you!

Your feedback will help shape plans to prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities.

Visit engagewer.ca/accessibility-plan to complete the short survey before October 21st, 2022. 

Your feedback will be used to develop our Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. 

 Complete survey now


Treat Accessibly 

Let's support Accessibility Inclusion in our community this Halloween

The Treat Accessibly movement aims to make small change by encouraging communities to celebrate Halloween in an accessible way that's inclusive of children and youth who live with accessibility issues. A Free Accessible Trick-or-Treating sign is a symbol promoting Accessible and Inclusive change, and one that tells families in your neighbourhood that if their child has a disability, they are welcome to experience Halloween without barriers at your home.

For tips visit the Treat Accessibly website.

Pick up your Free lawn signs during facility operating hours from October 17 - 31, 2022.

Pick up locations:

  • John Dolson Centre, 212 South Street
  • W.G. Johnson Centre, 31 Kribs Street 
  • Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street
  • RE/MAX Real Estate Centre, 766 Old Hespeler Road 

Sensitive Santa 

Sensitive Santa

This event is a special time to visit with Santa reserved for children with social, emotional, accessible and behavioural needs. This sensory friendly environment provides lower lighting and a quieter surrounding. The City of Cambridge in partnership with Cambridge Centre provides four event dates leading up to Christmas. To keep it sensory friendly and organized, registration is required. 

November 27
December 4, 11 & 18
9-11 a.m. 

Space is limited. Please register in advance at

hylandr@cambridge.ca 
519 740-4680 ext. 4292

 

National AccessAbility Week - Life Made Accessible 

National AccessAbility Week is a time when accessibility and inclusion are promoted across communities and workplaces, and a time to celebrate the contributions of Canadian's with disabilities. It is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of Canadians who are actively removing barriers to ensure persons with disabilities have an equal chance to participate in all aspects of Canadian society. 

This year, the Life Made Accessible webinar series will focus on "Accessibility in a Changing World". We'll explore topics surrounding wellness, health and medical care, community programming, diversity with disabilities and what a hybrid world looks like as we progress through the pandemic and beyond. 

NAAW Committee

This event is brought to you by the National AccessAbility Week committee. The committee is passionate about making communities accessible and an inclusive place for all. A big thank you to these agencies for their contributions: 

  • Bridges to Belonging Waterloo Region
  • Canadian Hearing Services
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Kitchener
  • City of Waterloo
  • Community Support Connections
  • Independent Living Waterloo Region
  • KW Access-Ability
  • KW Habilitation
  • Thresholds Homes and Supports
 Cambridge Accessibility Advisory Committee 
The Cambridge Accessibility Advisory Committee (CAAC) provides advice to Council and consults on projects under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The Committee assist the City in promoting and facilitating a barrier-free Cambridge for citizens of all abilities, including persons with disabilities. The Committee does this by reviewing municipal policies, programs and services and the identification, removal and prevention of barriers faced by persons with disabilities.
Personal Attendant for Leisure Card (PAL) 

The Personal Attendant for Leisure Card (PAL) card is available for people with a disability who require assistance to attend and participate in recreation programs. The PAL card is issued to the person with the disability and allows for them to be accompanied by a friend, relative, support worker etc. as their support person who participates at no additional cost. 

 Accessibility Policy
 As outlined in its Accessibility Policy, The City of Cambridge ensures the policies, procedures and practices are consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration, and the equality of opportunity for people with disabilities. The policy outlines how the City will meet and exceed the requirements set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
 Accessibility Design Standards
 The City of Cambridge Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS) outlines City-wide standards that build a universally-designed and accessible community for residents, visitors and employees. These standards are applied to all new and/or renovated City owned, leased or operated facilities. In addition to our municipal facilities, we encourage the use of these standards in the development and construction of new facilities, private or public, throughout the Cambridge community.

We are currently in the process of updating our 2014 Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS) to ensure our facilities meet the requirements for a barrier-free design under the Ontario Building Code and the Design of Public Space Standard.

 Accessibility Format and Communications Support
The City of Cambridge provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to request for accessible format and communication for City run programs, services and documents. To request accessible format or communication support, complete the Accessible Format and Communication Support Form.
Recreation Programs

The City of Cambridge makes every attempt to make sure everyone can fully participate in and enjoy the community. For information about arranging supports or accommodations to participate in City programs, please visit Support and Accommodations.  

Website Accessibility

The City of Cambridge aims to provide excellent customer service to all community members, as well as quality goods and services that are accessible and inclusive for everyone in the community. To do this, The City of Cambridge is dedicated to ensuring that our website, and its content, meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA compliance and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) requirements.

Assistive Devices

Assistive devices are available at City facilities to help remove barriers to accessing programs and services. We encourage residents to contact that facility to inquire about the availability of that assistive device. Persons with disabilities may use their own assistive devices as required when accessing goods or services provided by the City of Cambridge. 

Service Disruptions

The City notifies city residents if there is a planned or unplanned disruption in services or facilities provided by the City, which might affect accessibility. In order to ensure that people may plan accordingly, notices will be posted in the applicable area, as well as on our website. 

Feedback

If you would like to offer disability-related feedback on the accessibility of our programs, services and facilities, please complete online feedback form.