Haldimand County Wants To Hear From You!

Haldimand County is seeking input to help shape its Multi-Year Accessibility Plan and wants your ideas on how to make county services, information, programs and facilities even more accessible and inclusive. Please take this short survey by August 29th and share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

To complete the survey please visit Haldimand County Accessibility Survey.

Paper copies of the survey are located at the front counters of all library branches as well as at the front counter of the administration office.

Making Haldimand County Accessible For People with Disabilities

The Corporation of Haldimand County is committed to eliminating barriers and improving accessibility for persons with disabilities in a manner that respects dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity.

Haldimand County recognizes the diverse needs of all of our residents, customers, and visitors and strives to provide services and facilities that are accessible and inclusive to all.

Haldimand County is dedicated to meeting, and exceeding the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner, and will do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility. Haldimand County will meet the accessibility requirements set out under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005).

The Accessibility Plan describes the measures that Haldimand County will take in the term of the plan to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities who utilize the goods, services and facilities of Haldimand County.

The Plan will:

  • Describe the process by which the County will identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities
  • Review earlier efforts to remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities
  • Review the facilities, policies, programs, practices and services in the County to identify barriers to people with disabilities
  • Describe the measures the County will take in the term of the plan to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities.

The purpose of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) is to improve opportunities for people with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the province.

The goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is to ensure that all Ontarians with disabilities have full access to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, building structures and premises by January 1, 2025.

This goal will be achieved through the development, implementation and enforcement of provincially-set accessibility standards.

The five standards identified so far are:

  1. Customer service
  2. Transportation
  3. Information and Communications
  4. Employment
  5. Built Environment

These standards are all part of the new Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. The regulation sets out the requirements for each of the three standards, as well as general requirements that apply to all, such as:

  • Developing accessibility policies and plans
  • Training employees and volunteers, and
  • Considering accessibility when purchasing goods or services.

Who does the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation apply to?

The regulation applies to public, private, and not-for-profit businesses and organizations that:

  • Provide goods, services or facilities either directly to the public or to other businesses or organizations, and
    have at least one employee in Ontario
  • The requirements will be phased in over time between 2011 and 2021. This will give organizations the time they need to build accessibility into their regular business processes.

For more information on Accessibility Standards, please visit the Government of Ontario’s page about Accessibility laws.

The legislated Accessibility Advisory Committee is made up of County resident volunteers, one Councillor and one County staff member.  This committee represents their community and provides practical knowledge on a wide-range of accessibility and disability concerns including: physical, visual, hearing impairment, intellectual, mental health, senior’s issues and communication.

The committee meets regularly to review and make accessibility recommendations on municipal capital projects and County services.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee does not review or make recommendations to private businesses within Haldimand County.

Mission statement

Haldimand County’s Accessibility Advisory Committee is dedicated to promoting a barrier-free environment for all persons, regardless of needs, to participate as fully as possible in all aspects of community life.

Committee members 2018 to 2022

  • Janet deVos
  • Ashley Everets
  • Rabiya Azeez
  • Andrew Poirier
  • Hugh Hanly (Chair)
  • Councillor Stewart Patterson
  • Staff Liaison (Brian Grice)

Contact the committee

Tel:  905-318-5932 extension 6186

Request Document(s) in Accessible Format

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Compliance Form for Contractors

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the “AODA”) is a Provincial Act with the purpose of developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises by January 1, 2025. Under the AODA, Ontario Regulation 429/07, entitled “Accessibility Standards for Customer Service,” came into force on January 1, 2008. This Regulation was revoked or spent on July 1, 2016. A new Regulation, Ontario Regulation 191/11, entitled “Integrated Accessibility Standards” was adopted on July 1, 2016 as the new standard. The Regulation outlines accessibility standards for customer service and applies to every designated public sector organization and to every other person or organization that provides goods, services or facilities to members of the public or other third parties and that has at least one employee in Ontario.

To assist Contractors in training their staff, Haldimand County has developed Accessible Customer Service for Contractors, which is a training document for Contractors and Goods & Service Providers.