Accessibility Advisory Committee
The Accessibility Advisory Committee provides information and advice to Council on identifying, proactively preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, public spaces and facilities. The Committee plays an active role in helping Prince Edward County become a barrier-free community and ensuring obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) are met.
The goals and purpose of the Accessibility Advisory Committee are to:
- Educate and promote awareness of accessibility to the municipality and local businesses;
- Provide input on the preparation of accessibility plans (Accessibility Plan and Elections Accessibility Plan) for consideration by Council. The accessibility plans will address and include steps that the County has taken and plans to take with respect to the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to persons with disabilities as required by legislation.
- Review in a timely manner, site plans and drawings, as described in Section 41 of the Planning Act;
- Review access for persons with disabilities to buildings, structures and premises (or parts thereof) that The County purchases, constructs, significantly renovates, leases or funds, as required under the Design of Public Spaces Standard;
- Promote awareness of accessibility in the County’s procurement of goods and services and development of municipally administered, sub-contracted or licensed programs and services;
- Evaluate existing and proposed policies and by-laws in Prince Edward County and provide advice with the intention of eliminating barriers for individuals with a disability;
- Identify potential grants and funding that could be available to assist with the removal of barriers for persons with disabilities; and
- Liaise with municipal departments, stakeholders, and other organizations on matters related to accessibility, and provide support when necessary.
- One (1) member of Council.
- Two (2) to six (6) public representatives appointed by Council for the term of Council or until reappointed, including one (1) representative from the local business community, and all of whom should have demonstrated interest and knowledge of matters related to accessibility.
- The majority of members shall be persons with a disability, as defined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
- Mayor is an ex officio member of the committee.
- Councillor Ernie Margetson
- Kevin Lockwood (Chair)
- Misu Burns
- Nancy Stephenson
- Kenneth Dewar
- Alison Kelly
- Hudson Yarrow
The Accessibility Advisory Committee shall meet no less than three (3) times per year, and more frequently at the discretion of the Chair.
The meeting, agenda, and minutes will be available to the public, on the municipal website. Members of the public may participate electronically as requested, in accordance with the Procedural By-Law.
If you have any questions about the Accessibility Advisory Committee, contact the Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or call 613.476.2148 ext. 1020.