Accessibility Advisory Committee (HCAAC)

The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (ODA) 2001 requires all municipalities to prepare accessibility plans. Municipalities, including counties, of 10,000 or more residents are required to have an accessibility advisory committee, with members to include people with disabilities.

The Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee will start now to make Huron County accessible for people of all abilities.

Mission Statement

The Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee shall assist Huron County Council and participating municipalities to fulfill the purpose of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by providing vision, direction and advice towards the removal of barriers by 2025.

Mandate

  • The authority to establish the Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee originated from the provisions of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and will continue to exist under the provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • The Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee shall operate in accordance with the procedures set out in this document.
  • The Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee is the advisory committee to Huron County Council and participating municipalities for fulfilling the purpose of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Legislated Duties and Functions

In fulfilling the purpose of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee shall:

  • Advise County Council annually, as required by legislation, regarding the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of the annual accessibility plans of the participating municipalities.
  • Advise participating municipalities on the accessibility of buildings, structures or premises, or part of a building, structure or premises that the municipalities lease, purchase, construct or significantly renovate.
  • Review in a timely manner and advise municipalities on the accessibility of building plans and drawings for renovations and new construction of public buildings as requested. The Committee will also review development of the exterior to buildings using the Huron County Universal Design and Accessibility Guideline for Site Plan Control.
  • Perform other functions specified in the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Other Duties

The Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee may undertake the following duties provided that the legislated duties and functions set out in Section 6 and the budgetary responsibilities set out in Section 7 are being addressed to meet statutory requirements:

  • Review matters provided for review from participating municipalities and respond with advice as appropriate.
  • Consult with persons with disabilities, community groups and organizations representing persons with disabilities in order to capture and communicate emerging issues to participating municipalities.
  • Refer issues, make recommendations or suggestions for action to appropriate groups, agencies, committees and organizations in the community to address barriers that affect persons with disabilities. Because the Committee is not legislated to enforce compliance to standards, the Committee will focus on educating residents and businesses in Huron County on the new AODA standards and providing them with necessary information and links to additional resources.
  • Provide advice to County Council and participating municipalities on ways to address issues for the inclusion of persons with disabilities relating to the provision of transportation, housing, employment, recreation and education in order to achieve an accessible community for persons with disabilities.
  • Provide advice to County Council and participating municipalities with respect to government directives and regulations relating to the status of persons with disabilities including regulations for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
  • Liaise with other local accessibility advisory committees.
  • Provide feedback to participating municipalities regarding these terms of reference and advise on changes if required. Changes must comply with statutory requirements and shall require the ratification of participating municipalities.
  • Work in collaboration with the Huron County Disability Act Working Group to review plans to promote and facilitate a seamless approach to effective barrier removal across the County in public municipal buildings.

Committee Members

The Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee is a joint committee with upper and lower tier municipalities (county and towns/townships within its boundaries) working together on accessibility initiatives. Committee is supported by the Accessibility Coordinator and 4 non-voting members.

Jim Ginn (Warden)Barbara Hicks
Dave Frayne (County Councillor, Chair)Laurie Jacques
Debbie Kerley (Vice Chair)Charlene O’Reilly
Julie Sawchuk
Crystal Groom Shawn Thomson

Staff Support:

  • Tracy Nash, Acting Accessibility Coordinator
  • Susan Cronin, County Clerk
  • Carol Leeming, Planning Department
  • Janice Hallahan, ODA Working Group Representative
  • Paul Josling, Building Official (Steve Fortier, Building Official)

Resources

  • pdf
    2015 Accessibility Accomplishments Report