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.

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)
Robert Fisher (County Councillor) Laurie Jacques
Debbie Kerley Charlene O’Reilly
Lorie Falconer Julie Sawchuk
Glen McLachlan  Kathleen Sebastian

Staff Support:

  • Accessibility Coordinator
  • Susan Cronin, County Clerk
  • Carol Leeming, Planning Department
  • Rebekah Msuya-Collison, ODA Working Group Representative
  • Steve Fortier, Building Official

Mission Statement

The Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee shall assist Huron County Council and participating municipalities to fulfill the purpose of thelegislation by providing vision, guidance 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 legislation, 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.

Resources

  • pdf
    2015 Accessibility Accomplishments Report