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Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees

Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees advise city councils about how to comply with the requirements of the AODA. Cities with ten thousand (10,000) or more people must have a municipal accessibility advisory committee. In contrast, cities with less than ten thousand (10,000) people do not need a committee. Nonetheless, a small city or town can still create a committee. Alternatively, two or more towns or cities can create a joint accessibility advisory committee. More than half of committee members must be people with disabilities.


The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) helps to implement the AODA through advising the Minister. In addition, the ADO supports organizations within and outside government and teaches the public about the AODA’s purpose and goals.


The Minister in Charge of the AODA

The government assigns one member of the Executive Council to be the Minister in charge of the AODA. Throughout the Act, this person is simply called the Minister. In this article, we will outline the tasks and responsibilities that the Minister is in charge of.


The Accessibility Standards Advisory Council

The Accessibility Standards Advisory Council assists the Minister who is in charge of the AODA by offering advice. More than half of Council members must be people with disabilities.


AODA Standards Development Committees

AODA standards mandate how organizations must make themselves accessible to people with disabilities. The standards outline organizations’ responsibilities, and the deadlines they must meet. AODA Standards development committees are responsible for creating and maintaining the standards.

AODA Standards Development Committees

The government assigns one member of the Executive Council to be the minister in charge of the AODA. This minister oversees the process of developing standards. Therefore, the minister creates AODA standards development committees, whose members decide what rules a standard should include. Furthermore, the Minister invites people to be part of standards development committees. For instance, committee members can be: