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Use of Data on Disability in Public Policy Decisions

In the fourth review of the AODA, Rich Donovan states that Ontario will not be fully accessible by 2025. In other words, the provincial government will not meet its own deadline under the AODA. Limited creation, implementation, and enforcement of AODA standards impacts the well-being and safety of Ontarians with disabilities. Therefore, Donovan recommends that the Ontario government should declare this lack of progress on accessibility a crisis. This crisis state should last six (6) months. During this time, the Ontario government should form a crisis committee to implement crucial accessibility improvements in the province. The Premier should act as the chair of this committee, and the Secretary of Cabinet should act as co-chair. Furthermore, Donovan outlines tactical recommendations the province should follow to fulfill its remaining responsibilities in the public sector. One of these tactical recommendations is use of data on disability in public policy decisions.


Research Team to Gather Data on Disability

In the fourth review of the AODA, Rich Donovan states that Ontario will not be fully accessible by 2025. In other words, the provincial government will not meet its own deadline under the AODA. Limited creation, implementation, and enforcement of AODA standards impacts the well-being and safety of Ontarians with disabilities. Therefore, Donovan recommends that the Ontario government should declare this lack of progress on accessibility a crisis. This crisis state should last six (6) months. During this time, the Ontario government should form a crisis committee to implement crucial accessibility improvements in the province. The Premier should act as the chair of this committee, and the Secretary of Cabinet should act as co-chair. Furthermore, Donovan outlines tactical recommendations the province should follow to fulfill its remaining responsibilities in the public sector. One of these tactical recommendations is creation of a research team to gather data on Disability.


White Cane Week

This week is White Cane Week!

White Cane Week takes place across Canada in the first full week of February every year. The week raises awareness about how blind people travel and make a difference in their communities. In 2024, White Cane Week takes place from Sunday, February 4th to Saturday, February 10th.


Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week takes place across Canada from February 1st to 7th every year. During this week, eating disorders groups throughout Canada raise awareness about how eating disorders impact people’s lives. Moreover, these groups also teach the public about supports that help people who have eating disorders to live full lives.


Provincial Government Responsibility for Accessibility in the Public Sector of Ontario

In the fourth review of the AODA, Rich Donovan states that Ontario will not be fully accessible by 2025. In other words, the provincial government will not meet its own deadline, set out in the AODA in 2005. Moreover, Donovan states that the province lacks the knowledge and resources to enforce needed accessibility regulations throughout Ontario. As a result, Donovan recommends federal government responsibility for accessibility in Ontario’s private sector. Under this new arrangement, the provincial government, with support from the accessibility agency, could focus on public-sector AODA enforcement. Therefore, the review recommends renewed focus on provincial government responsibility for accessibility in the public sector of Ontario.