McGuinty government is consulting on accessibility legislation

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McGuinty government is consulting on accessibility legislation

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Delivering Positive Change Where It Is Needed Most PETERBOROUGH, ON, Feb. 24 - The McGuinty government is delivering on its agenda for positive change by hosting public consultations to ensure Ontarians with disabilities have an equal opportunity to build a stronger province. "We're working to keep our communities strong by building a more inclusive society," said Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Marie Bountrogianni. "By strengthening the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, we want to provide increased opportunities for people of all abilities." Dr. Bountrogianni and her Parliamentary Assistant, Dr. Kuldip Kular, are holding public meetings across the province to determine how to make the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 strong and effective. The government is committed to introducing measures for making the ODA more meaningful for people with disabilities by the fall. "These consultations will give us a fuller understanding of the common issues impacting people with disabilities, their family members, care givers and service providers," said Dr. Kular. A public meeting will be held in Peterborough on February 26th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Evinrude Community Centre, 911 Monaghan Road. Anyone wishing to attend should call to register: Phone: 1-877-877-0109, TTY: 1-877-877-0126. The consultation process will also include meetings with key disability groups and public sector organizations. A list of consultation dates and locations is available on the Accessibility Ontario website: http://www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/accessibility/. "These consultations are a promising step forward," said Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal. "The public input will help us meet our goal to make Ontario more accessible." There are several ways people across Ontario can share their suggestions regarding changes to the act. People who cannot attend the meetings are encouraged to submit ideas and insights online, by phone or by regular mail no later than March 31, 2004: - http://www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/accessibility/ - Phone line: 1-888-325-4957 - TTY: 1-888-335-6611 - Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, 400 University Avenue, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M7A 2R9, Attn: Public Consultations. Disponible en fran├žais For more information, visit www.gov.on.ca/citizenshipFor further information: James Ip, Minister's Office, (416) 325-6207; Treasa Labaj, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7386