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Clause 21 in Report No. 12 of Committee of the Whole was adopted, without amendment, by the Council of The Regional Municipality of York at its meeting held on June 21, 2017.

 

 

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Report No. 3 of the
York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee
Meeting Held on June 21, 2017

 

For Consideration by
Committee of the Whole of
The Regional Municipality of York
on September 7, 2017


[Accessible formats or communication supports are available upon request
Contact: Regional Clerk’s Office, regional.clerk@york.ca, 18774649675 extension 71320]

 

 The York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting was called to order at 4:01 p.m. on June 21, 2017.

 

The following were in attendance:

Chair: S. Foglia, Vice Chair

Members: L. Bolt, L. Fortnum, K. Hill, L. Hulme-Smith, B. Lynch, J. Phromratsamy, A. Tocco

Staff: K. Adeney, K. Chislett, C. Clark, L. Davies, S. Doyle, L. Gonsalves, F. Guzzo, M. Herder, T. Kirkwood, A. Lauzon (YRP), K. MacGillivray, J. Mitchell, V. Navolskyy, J. Salzmann, K. South, P. Thiru


 

Presentations

 

[Click on the titles of the following Presentations to view them]

 

1. Accessibility (Compliance) Report on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) Compliance with Customer Service Standards - July 1, 2016 and Transportation Standards - January 1, 2017   

 

Committee received the presentation by Kim Adeney, Program Manager, Accessibility, Strategies and Partnerships Branch, Community and Health Services, Michelle Herder, Program Manager, Corporate Customer Service Strategy, Strategies and Initiatives Branch, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, and Piragal Thiru, Transit Policy and Accessible Service Planner, York Region Transit/VIVA, Transportation Services.

 

2. Review of the Accessible Customer Service Policy at York Region: Tips for Serving People with Disabilities

 

Committee received the presentation by Michelle Herder, Program Manager, Corporate Customer Service Strategy, Strategies and Initiatives Branch, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

 

Other Business

 

3. Update on National Access Awareness Week

 

Committee received an update from Kim Adeney, Program Manager, Accessibility, Strategies and Partnerships Branch, Community and Health Services regarding “National Access Awareness Week”, which was recognized from May 28 to June 3, 2017.

 

4. Update on Accessibility Advisory Committee Forum – York Region

 

Committee received an update from Steve Foglia, Vice Chair, York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee regarding “Accessibility Advisory Committee Forum – York Region”.  On May 31, 2017, York Region hosted the forum for Accessibility Advisory Committees from local municipalities, school boards, and hospitals entitled “Building Livable Accessible Communities”.

 

5. Update on Accessibility Activities

 

Committee received an update from Lois Davies, Manager, Social Policy and Accessibility, Strategies and Partnerships Branch, Community and Health Services regarding “Accessibility Activities”, as follows:

1. At a ceremony in Markham on May 10, 2017, Steve Foglia, Vice Chair of the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee was presented with the Provincial Volunteer Service Award.

2. In May 2017, Lisa Gonsalves, Director, Strategies and Partnerships Branch, Community and Health Services was presented with the Municipal Accessibility Champion Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association.

3. York Region is hosting a series of pop-in events for residents to share thoughts on building a more welcoming and inclusive York Region and to inform the development of the York Region Diversity and Inclusion Charter.  Pop-in booths will be located at local events in several communities listed at www.york.ca/InclusiveYR and an on-line survey is also available.

4. On June 5, 2017, the federal government released a report identifying high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed in new federal accessibility legislation.

5. The Community and Health Services Department is working with the Transportation Services Department to review and respond to the recommendations made by the Standards Development Committee regarding proposed changes to the accessible Transportation Standards.

6. The Government of Ontario launched a new strategy titled, Access Talent: Ontario’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities, which aims to connect more people with disabilities to rewarding jobs and more employers to new talent.

7. On April 27, 2017 Nova Scotia became the third province in Canada to pass accessibility legislation. The Accessibility Act has set a goal of making Nova Scotia accessible by 2030.

 

6. Next Meeting – September 27, 2017


Committee was reminded that the next meeting will be held on September 27, 2017 beginning at 4 p.m.

 

The York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting adjourned at 6:06 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

June 21, 2017                                                  S. Foglia
Newmarket, Ontario                                     Vice Chair

 

C. Clark
1-877-464-9675  x71305

 


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