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Tell the Ford Government, School Boards and Others To Use Recommended New Standard for Ensuring Accessibility of the Built Environment

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities
Web: https://www.aodaalliance.org Email: aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aodaalliance/

June 16, 2021

SUMMARY

Ontario desperately needs to modernize its outdated laws to ensure that buildings and the built environment becomes accessible to people with disabilities. The Ford Government has received a promising blueprint for this. This can help propel Ontario in the right direction towards becoming accessible to people with disabilities. Will the Ford Government act?


Questions in Accessibility Reports for Private or Nonprofit Businesses

Under the AODA, private or non-profit businesses with twenty to forty-nine (20-49) workers, or fifty (50) or more workers, must complete accessibility reports every three years. The next accessibility reports for private or non-profit businesses were due on December 31st, 2020. However, the Ontario government has extended this deadline. Accessibility reports for private or non-profit businesses are now due on June 30th, 2021. Therefore, workers should know how to answer all questions in accessibility reports for private or non-profit businesses by this deadline.


Ottawa Ride-Sharing Companies Agree to Hike Accessibility Fee to 10 Cents Per Ride

Josh Pringle, CTV News Ottawa
Published Saturday, June 12, 2021

OTTAWA –Ride-sharing companies have agreed to pay more for an accessibility fee to the city of Ottawa, but it’s not the 30 cents a ride charge Council was hoping for.

A report for the Community and Protective Services Committee shows the private transportation companies licensed in Ottawa have increased the Voluntary Per-Trip Surcharge to 10 cents a ride, from seven cents a ride.


Accessibility Reports for Private or Nonprofit Businesses

Under the AODA, private or non-profit businesses with twenty to forty-nine (20-49) workers, or fifty (50) or more workers, must complete accessibility reports every three years. The next accessibility reports for private or non-profit businesses were due on December 31st, 2021. However, the Ontario government has extended this deadline. Accessibility reports for private or non-profit businesses are now due on June 30th, 2021. Therefore, private or non-profit businesses with twenty or more workers should complete their reports by this deadline. In addition, if businesses have technical difficulties, they should let the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility know. The Ministry can help resolve technical problems.


Huron County Accessibility Crusader Tackles Bathrooms

Scott Miller CTV News London Videographer
Published Wednesday, June 9, 2021

BLYTH, ONT. –Julie Sawchuk has become somewhat of an accessible bathroom ‘crusader.’

“Building better bathrooms, that is kind of my thing,” says the Blyth mother of two.

Since losing the use of her legs, after being hit by passing motorist while cycling near Goderich in 2015, Julie Sawchuk has been tackling the sometimes uncomfortable world of bathroom accessibility.