Saturday, November 5, 2011 is the tenth anniversary of an important date in our campaign that started in 1994 for a barrier-free Ontario for all persons with disabilities.
On November 5, 2001, Ontario’s Conservative Government under Premier Mike Harris introduced Bill 125, the proposed Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 (ODA), into the Ontario Legislature. That day the bill received First Reading. Responsible for the bill’s development was then Citizenship Minister, Cam Jackson.
Ontario’s disability community’s campaign for strong, effective accessibility legislation had been spearheaded since 1994 by the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee, the predecessor to our current coalition, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance. Back in the 1995 election, the Harris Government promised a Disabilities Act in its first term. It was not until the middle of its second term, in late 2001, that it passed the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001.