Wednesday, July 17, 2024

‘Everyone’s responsibility’: Brockville plans to enhance accessibility through various initiatives

Brockville City Hall – Cris Vilela/Brockvilleist

At the Tuesday, June 4 meeting of the Brockville Planning and Development Committee, members approved the roll out of the City of Brockville 2024 – 2029 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. 

This plan has been reviewed and endorsed by the Brockville Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee and presented to council on previous occasions.

According to the staff report circulated in advance of the meeting, “the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires public sector organizations with 50 or more employees to establish and publish a multi-year accessibility plan which provides a road map to help organizations meet their policy commitments under the AODA and improve overall accessibility.”

As per the staff report, “Accessibility is everyone’s responsibility and will be incorporated by design into the work of all City departments. The proposed initiatives listed in this plan are subject to annual budget allocations.”

The initiatives laid out in the 2024-2029 Accessibility Plan will fall under six key areas:

  • Governance and reporting 
  • Equitable customer service 
  • Digitally inclusive communications 
  • Inclusive employment
  • Accessible movement
  •  Universally-designed facilities and public spaces

The Planning and Development Committee unanimously approved the recommendation that a copy of the 2024-2029 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan be made available to the public via the City of Brockville’s website and in the clerk’s office at City Hall in an accessible format upon request. Councillor Laverne confirmed that these accessible formats would be in the form of braille and larger text for those with visual impairments.

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