Changes to the Canada Elections Act may Increase Accessibility of Federal Elections

The Canada Elections Act (“Act”) governs the rules Elections Canada must follow when there is a federal election. The Act was amended by Bill C-76 in December 2018 and is now in force. The new rules will be implemented as soon as the next general election in October 2019.


City Opens Accessible Playground

OSWEGO Port City officials celebrated the opening of the first accessible playground Friday morning at Hamilton Park as part of an ongoing effort to make Oswego a more inclusive community.


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In this Issue

The Accessible Canada Act Comes into Force Today – Download and Read the Legislation in English or French

Today, the Federal Government proclaimed the Accessible Canada Act in force. It was recently passed by the House of Commons and Senate and was given Royal Assent. The law comes into force when the Federal Cabinet so orders. In a news release earlier today, set out below, the Cabinet proclaimed it in force.


Sudbury’s Transit System to Make Accessibility Improvements

Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Some changes to Sudbury’s transit system are coming later this summer, including the new name GOVA.

Buses are about to become a lot more accessible thanks to a series of changes being made including current lifts, which will soon become a thing of the past.

Sudbury’s new Transit Action Plan will see the lifts replaced with lower buses and ramps as the city looks to replace this aging fleet.

“It will look like a conventional bus, low floor, just a little bit smaller, and geared for our Handi-Transit residents.” said Michelle Ferrigan, of Sudbury Transit Services.

Another change in protocol is the elimination of the term “physical disability,” opening up the service to those who may be otherwise disabled.

In a Compelling Open Letter, 21 Disability Organizations Unite to Call on the Doug Ford Government to Announce a Plan to Implement the Report on Ontario’s Disabilities Act Submitted by Former Lieutenant Governor David Onley Almost Six Months Ago

Today, 21 respected disability organizations and groups, reflecting a diverse spectrum of different disabilities, have united to send Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford an open letter, set out below. It calls on the Ford Government to announce a plan to implement the final report by former Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley, of his Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of Ontario’s accessibility law, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).


KMA Call for Participation – Code of Practice for: Accessibility of ICT Terminals (Kiosks) for Deployment in Public Spaces or for Public Use

July 08, 2019

The Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA) Code-of-Practice (CoP) is intended to establish practical, achievable and viable minimum standards for accessibility to information, products and services provided via Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deployed in places of public accommodation, amenities or service.

The objective is to ensure reasonable access to information, products and services for those with disabilities including sensory impairment(s), limited dexterity, restricted mobility or some cognitive impairment (permitting higher levels of functionality). These standards are proposed for ICT Kiosks deployed in public spaces, public amenities and in places of public accommodation or service.

SENIOR SCENE: Financial Help in Renovating Homes

Intelligencer Staff
Published on: July 9, 2019

Everyone always dreams of owning their own home and for seniors or other individuals with a disability, they dream of being able to continue to live in this home for as long as they choose. Dreams are wonderful, but, unfortunately, the reality of life and aging too often intervene and dash the dream.

Typically, the “dream dasher” includes accessibility and mobility issues that compromise safety and independence, and a financial situation that precludes the necessary modifications.

Why Do We Fix AI Bias But Ignore Accessibility Bias?

As the Web has become increasingly visual, with pages of text replaced by rich high-resolution imagery and video, it has become increasingly inaccessible to those with differing physical abilities who rely on accessibility software like screen readers.


New Look for 100+ Year Old Library in North End Comes with Accessible Features

A library in Winnipeg’s North End reopened Friday following two years of upgrades that helped to enhance the building’s accessibility.

The St. John’s Library, which originally opened on June 2, 1915, now has an accessible entrance and washroom, as well as a lift.