Statement by Brad Duguid on Provost Moran's Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Today, Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, released the following statement on Provost Mayo Moran's review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act:
"I would like to thank Mayo Moran for her comprehensive review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). This year marks the 10th anniversary of the AODA, which provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and renew our commitment to building an accessible Ontario by 2025.
Ontario is proud to be a global leader in accessibility. We were the first jurisdiction in the world to move to a modern regulatory regime that mandates accessibility and requires staff to be accessibility trained, as well as the first jurisdiction in Canada to introduce legislation that sets out clear goals and timeframes for accessibility standards.
I recognize that there is always more work to do, and we are already moving forward on a number of Provost Moran's recommendations. Over the coming months, I look forward to making further announcements in response to this review and to continuing our discussions with experts, persons with disabilities and the business community. We will also continue to build on the advice and expertise of our Accessibility Standards Advisory Council and David Onley, Special Advisor on Accessibility.
The Ontario government is committed to strengthening our efforts to promote the employment of persons with disabilities in the public and private sector, improving compliance with the AODA through new, creative approaches, and continuing to make Ontario more inclusive and accessible."