Elgin County 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.
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 Information and Communications
• Built environment
For more information on these standards, you can visit the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.
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.
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 Accessiiblity Guildelines 2.0.
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.
519-631-1460 ext. 167