Ontario Supporting Positive Changes to Improve Accessibility

Published on June 03, 2021

Today, the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, issued the following statement recognizing National Accessibility Week:

“National Accessibility Week is an opportunity to recognize the efforts being made across Ontario to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion.

This year, it comes during a difficult time in which the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for Ontarians, especially those with accessibility or mobility issues. In order to address those challenges, we continue to focus on improving accessibility across the province through a variety of new programs.

This includes implementing supports to reduce challenges faced by people with disabilities and seniors. The Ontario Community Support Program has provided approximately one million deliveries of food and essentials to low-income seniors and people with disabilities in self-isolation.

Another vital way to protect Ontarians from COVID-19 is getting vaccinated. Our government is investing $3.7 million to get people with disabilities to COVID-19 vaccination appointments in a safe, accessible way.

We are helping people stay connected to their neighbourhoods through the $2.9 million Inclusive Community Grants program that allows local municipalities to build more inclusive communities and we are working to build more awareness about accessibility and inclusion. Our EnAbling Change Program is one way we do so. By collaborating with non-profits and professional associations, we are educating organizations and driving cultural awareness about accessibility.

As part of National AccessAbility Week, we are also recognizing the most recent recipients of the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.

I encourage everyone to take a moment to recognize National AccessAbility Week. This is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the contributions of Canadians with disabilities, and a chance for us all to help remove barriers so that people with disabilities can fully take part in all aspects of everyday life. Together we can contribute to positive changes that will improve accessibility for everyone.”