Creating Opportunities for People with Disabilities
McGuinty Government Continues To Lead The Way In Accessibility
Ontario is celebrating National Access Awareness Week 2011 - and continuing the journey toward becoming a world leader in accessibility - by putting in place its next three accessibility standards.
These three standards - in the areas of transportation, employment, and information and communications - build on the first standard for accessible customer service. They will:
- make it easier for people with disabilities to get where they need to go;
- expand Ontario's labour pool and welcome people with disabilities into more workplaces; and
- give people with disabilities access to more of the information we all depend on.
Ontario's accessibility plan will help businesses tap into the economic power of thousands of customers and visitors with disabilities, and harness a larger and more diverse pool of workers.
This year, Ontario marks the sixth anniversary of its groundbreaking Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which is helping to break down barriers so that people of all abilities can live and work to their full potential. With four out of five accessibility standards now in place, Ontario moves closer toward its goal to be accessible to all by 2025.
- According to Statistics Canada, more than 1.85 million Ontarians have some kind of disability - that's one in seven.
- A Martin Prosperity Institute report shows that improved accessibility could help Ontario's tourism sector generate up to approximately $1.5 billion in new revenue, and consumer retail sales to rise by up to $10 billion.
- National Access Awareness Week 2011 runs from May 29 to June 4.
“With these next standards in place, more people with disabilities will be able do the things that many of us take for granted like playing in a park, dining in a restaurant, catching a bus, and applying for a job. They will level the playing field and make Ontario a model for accessibility - not only here in Canada - but around the world.”