02/17/2005

AMO’s Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 118, the Proposed Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Councillor Sandra Hames, Chair of the AMO Barrier Free Access Working Group and member of the AMO Board of Directors, made a presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 118.

Highlights of the Written Submission: 

AMO supports the direction of Bill 118, in particular the inclusion of the private sector and recognition of the need for local flexibility in meeting accessibility standards.

AMO recommendations related to Bill 118 include the need for:

  • A long-term funding program to support the goals of the proposed Act;
  • AODA to contain guiding principles and values for the standards development process to ensure consistency across all sectors;
  • AMO representation on a seat on all Standard Development Committees, which could apply to municipalities, and that AMO is represented on the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council;
  • Amendments to the Ontario Building Code;
  • Clarification of accountability in the areas of administration, compliance and enforcement;
  • An education plan that includes support for accessibility planning and a public awareness campaign.
The submission also included previous AMO recommendations addressing the ODA, 2001. 
    
AMO and the Barrier Free Access Work Group will continue to monitor the development of the Act and advocate the municipal position and considerations during the implementation phase.