A key part of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (ODA) 2001 is for each Ontario municipality with a population of over 10,000 to prepare and publish a Municipal Accessibility Plan in consultation with people with disabilities.
Accessibility plans must be prepared and published annually. Municipalities have the opportunity to prepare a Joint Plan with other interested Municipalities.
The County of Huron Accessibility Plan is a joint initiative of all municipal councils within the county. It is developed by the HCAAC in collaboration with the Huron County Disability Act Working Group. This plan applies to the following municipalities:
- County of Huron
- Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh
- Municipality of Bluewater
- Municipality of Central Huron
- Town of Goderich
- Township of Howick
- Municipality of Huron East
- Municipality of Morris-Turnberry
- Township of North Huron
- Municipality of South Huron
This plan is prepared annually and includes:
- Measures taken to identify, remove and prevent barriers to persons with disabilities;
- Measures to ensure proposals for bylaws, programs, practices and services are considered for their effect on accessibility;
- Creating a list of by-laws, policies, programs, practices and services that will be reviewed in the next year to identify, prevent and remove barriers.
The Accessibility Plan describes the measures that the County has taken in the past and also measures that the County will take in the next twelve months by addressing the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to persons with disabilities in the municipality’s facilities, by-laws, policies, programs, practices and services.
The Plan identifies barriers in by-laws, policies, programs, practices and services that affect people with disabilities and steps to be taken over time to remove identified barriers and prevent new ones.