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Former Lieutenant Governor to Champion Accessibility in Ontario

Hon. David C. Onley Appointed as Special Advisor
October 24, 2014
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Ontario has appointed The Honourable David C. Onley as a special advisor on accessibility to champion opportunities for people of all abilities in the public and private sectors.

As former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Onley worked tirelessly to increase awareness of the challenges people with disabilities face. As special advisor, he will work closely with Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, to continue breaking down barriers and promote the economic benefits of inclusion and employment of people with disabilities, and championing accessibility across the province.

Giving people of all abilities opportunities to participate fully in everyday life is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is a world-leader in accessibility with a goal to make the province accessible by 2025.
  • Accessibility is good for the economy, with the potential of generating up to $1.6 billion in new spending for Ontario’s tourism sector, up to $9.6 billion in additional retail revenue and an increase of up to $600 per year to the province’s GDP per capita.
  • David C. Onley most recently served as Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor and has also served on accessibility councils at the Rogers and Air Canada centres.
  • Mr. Onley is a recipient of the Rick Hansen Award of Excellence and the Courage to Come Back Award and holds 11 honorary degrees.


“Ontario is fortunate to have the expertise, insight and leadership of The Honourable David C. Onley. I look forward to working with him to promote an inclusive, accessible Ontario that will help strengthen our province’s economy.”

Brad Duguid
Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“I am honored to have this opportunity to improve accessibility in Ontario, especially as it relates to employment for people with disabilities, and to build on our reputation as a global leader in accessibility. Accessibility helps people achieve their full potential in every aspect of our culture and our economy.”

David Onley
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