February 2020
Government Says No Extra Accessibility Funding for Small and Rural Municipalities

2020-02-04 10:33:24 AM

CATEGORIES: Rural Affairs

QP Briefing has reported that a spokesperson for the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, in a statement said that the government will not provide additional funding for municipalities to renovate their properties to make it more accessible.

This statement stems from a question asked by a councillor from Clearview during the “bear pit” at the recent Rural Ontario Municipal Association’s (ROMA) annual conference. The councillor asked Minister Cho if there would be funding to help renovate the town’s “small halls”.

Many towns similar to Clearview are struggling with accessibility issues in their small halls with some even closed down. The councillor from Clearview estimates that the cost of upgrading all six town halls is about $3 million.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) creates accessibility standards that organizations from public, private, and non-profit sectors must follow. The goal of the AODA is to create a fully accessible Ontario by 2025.

There are five standards of the AODA:

  • Information and communications

  • Employment

  • Transportation

  • Design of public spaces

  • Customer service

Most recently, the government has established a cross-ministry framework that is focused in four areas. The government says this will contribute to a barrier-free Ontario.

For more information, please see below:

QP Briefing: No Financial Help on the Way for Rural Towns Looking to Improve Accessibility, Government Says (Paywalled)

AMCTO: Government Established Cross-Ministry Framework for Advancing Accessibility


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