Accessibility in Collingwood
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was established in 2005 and is now law in Ontario. The purpose of the AODA is to assist businesses and organizations throughout Ontario in reducing barriers to become more accessible to people with disabilities. The goal of the Act is to make the Province of Ontario completely accessible by 2025.The Act is comprised of five laws which work together to reduce barriers found in daily life. The five laws are:
1. Customer Service
2. Information and Communication
5. Design of Public Spaces
The Town of Collingwood is committed to providing persons with disabilities consistent opportunity and access to all Town goods, services and facilities while ensuring that policies, procedures and practices are provided in a timely manner that address integration, independence, dignity and equal opportunity.
Who Needs to Comply?
To learn more about the AODA and compliance requirements for your organization or business, please visit the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure website for more information:www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/
AODA Training: Suppliers of Goods and Services for the Town of Collingwood
The AODA requires that contractors, vendors and any other parties or individuals who provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of the Town of Collingwood must ensure their employees are trained on the AODA standards.
Additional training resources are available by visiting:
www.accessforward.ca for free training videos and resources
www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/serve-ability/ to access the Customer Service Training video
Once your employees have completed the required training they must complete and sign the Validation of Understanding form and submit to the Town of Collingwood’s Clerk Department.
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
Town of Collingwood documents are available in alternate formats upon request, as well as communication supports. We are pleased to consult with you on how best to meet your needs. Please contact:
Clerk’s Department/Attention Accessibility Coordinator
Town of Collingwood
P.O. Box 157
97 Hurontario Street
T. 705-445-1030 E. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town of Collingwood – Becoming more accessible!
Service Hours: 7 Days a week: 8:00 a.m. – midnight
For additional information please contact Kris Wiszniak at 705-445-1292.
Accessibility Advisory Committee
The Accessibility Advisory Committee's role is to advise and assist staff and Council regarding the removal of barriers which exist within municipal services, practices and programs.
For more information on the committee, please visit the Accessibility Advisory Committe page.
Accessing the Library
For more information about accessibility features at the Collingwood Public Library, please visit their website: Accessibility at the Collingwood Public Library