March 15, 2005

Province of Ontario showcases York Region


Region's approach to accessibility planning heralded as new standard

 
NEWMARKET York Region's accessibility planning process is featured by Ontario's Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as a best practice for the use of other organizations with obligations under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA).  The approach taken by York Region is now a model for other municipalities to borrow from when developing their plans.
 
"Only one municipality's accessibility planning process was developed into a case study and that was York Region's," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  "This is an accomplishment we can all be proud of."
 
Last year, the Premier's Office and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration approached York Region to obtain details about its implementation of the ODA and specifically about the accessibility planning process and recruitment and selection of the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee.  The Province prepared a case study based on a series of interviews with regional staff and Community Services and Housing Commissioner Joann Simmons.
 
"I am very pleased that our approach to making accessibility planning a reality in York Region has been recognized by the Province as a best practice," said Newmarket Mayor Tom Taylor, Chair of the Community Services and Housing Committee.  "It speaks to the professionalism and capabilities of both Regional Council and staff in serving residents across the Region."
 
This is the second time York Region's approach has been recognized.  In November, Future Abilities and Creative Employment (FACE), a non-profit organization that champions the needs of people with disabilities who are entering or returning to the workforce, presented York Region with an Investing in Abilities Award in recognition of the Region's ongoing commitment to remove barriers for people with disabilities as both an employer and a promoter of accessibility.
 
To view the case study on the Web site of Ontario's Accessibility Directorate, please visit www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/accessibility 
 
For more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.york.ca 
 
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Contact:   Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
(905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238
Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

 
 
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