Accessibility

Our Commitment to Accessibility

The County of Elgin is committed to being responsive to the needs of all its residents and employees.  In order to meet the needs of people with disabilities the County of Elgin will:

  • Ensure policies, practices and procedures address dignity, independence, integration and provide for equal opportunity for people with disabilities.
  • Allow people with disabilities to use their own personal assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from the services offered by the County.
  • Strive to meet the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner, at a cost no greater than that for people without disabilities.
  • Accommodate the accessibility needs of people with disabilities to ensure they can obtain, use or benefit from the County’s goods, services, programs and facilities.

Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee

The County of Elgin and the Municipality of Central Elgin have formed a Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee (JAAC). Accessibility Advisory Committee's are only required for municipalities with a population of 10,000 or more.  The JAAC meets approximately five times per year and the majority of the committee is represented by people with disabilities. 
 

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, (AODA)

People with disabilities represent a significant and growing part of our population. According to Statistics Canada, about 1.5 million Ontarians have disabilities — about 13.5% of the population. It is estimated that 20% of the population will have disabilities in two decades.
 
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA, 2005), which became law on June 13, 2005, provided the province with the mandate to develop, implement and enforce sets of accessibility standards.  The AODA (2005) applies to both public and private sector organizations with one or more employees in Ontario that provide goods, service, facilities or accommodation to the public. The standards include accessible:
 
• Customer Service
• Integrated Standard which includes:
      o Additional General requirements
      o Transportation
      o Information and Communications
      o Employment
• Built environment
 
For more information on these standards, you can visit the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.
 

Website Accessibility

The County of Elgin is committed to creating an accessible online environment for its visitors. The County has designed this website to conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

Viewing content on the County of Elgin website in high-contrast is easily available. Simply press the 'Toggle High Contrast' Toggle High Contrast Button button on the right side of the screen to view content in this format. 

To increase the size of text, all modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) incorporate a zoom feature. The shortcut for all these browsers is to simply hold ctrl (cmd on Mac) and press the = key to zoom in, - key to zoom out and ctrl and 0 key to reset text to the default size. You can also hold the ctrl key and mouse wheel (scroll) to zoom in or out.  

Skip links offer the ability to jump to specific sections such as content, site map or the contact section are available and accessed by pressing the tab key. This feature also enables individuals to browse content of the site without the use of a mouse or in addition with a screen-reader. 

Feedback

We’d like to hear from you! If you have any questions or comments on our accessibility services, programs or facilities please contact us by phone, email or fill out a feedback form.
 
If you require an accessible format or communication support please fill out the Request for Information and Communications Form or contact the Accessibility Coordinator by phone at 519-631-1460 ext. 167 or via the contact button below.

Accessibility Contact