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Orangeville Accessibility and Seniors Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

Date Approved by Council:  February 25, 2019

Sunset Date:  N/A



Pursuant to the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Orangeville Accessibility and Seniors Advisory Committee shall,

(a)  advise the council about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards and the preparation of accessibility reports and such other matters for which the council may seek its advice under subsection (5) of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act;

(b)  review in a timely manner the site plans and drawings described in section 41 of the Planning Act that the committee selects; and

(c)  perform all other functions that are specified in the regulations.

The Committee may also provide advice on matters Council is considering which affect persons with disabilities, seniors and other citizens with access issues, and report to Council or to another Committee designated by Council for that purpose.


  1. To solicit feedback from the community on issues relating to people with disabilities, seniors and other citizens with access issues, and bring to Council matters identified by the Committee as requiring action by the municipality.
  2. To work cooperatively with Town Departments, Boards, Commissions and Committees whose activities affect access issues, including to:

     a)  provide advice and information on directions for future planning of municipal services, programs and facilities; and

     b)  monitor municipal services, programs and facilities to ensure full participation of all citizens; and

     c)  promote the implementation of the Age-Friendly report- 2017

     d)  evaluate the progress of activities based on a), b) and c) above.

  1. To inform citizens of the existence and mission of this Committee and to work with them to identify existing social and physical barriers to access and participation.
  2. To work with Council and staff to increase public awareness of the issues of accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, seniors, and all citizens.
  3. To work with local government to change policies, as required, as they pertain to people with disabilities and seniors in particular.

Reporting to Council:

  • circulation of monthly minutes
  • presentations/delegations as necessary

Enabling Legislation, By-Law or Staff Report:

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

CPS-CL-2019-03, February 25, 2019

Committee Composition:

As required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, a majority of the members of the committee shall be persons with disabilities.

  1. The Committee shall be comprised of a maximum of nine (9) members
  2. The Committee membership shall be a combination of persons with disabilities, seniors, service providers familiar with accessibility issues and members of the general public.

Skills Requested

  • passion for accessibility/barrier free community
  • background in one or more areas of focus, including persons with disabilities, seniors, barrier free access and or inclusive communities.
  • understanding and desire to promote the “Age-Friendly” initiatives within the community. (see Goals/Objectives)

Administration Section

Department Linkage: 
Community Services Department


Staff Support:
Administrative Support:  Committee Co-ordinator, Corporate Services
Technical Expertise Community Services staff, as needed

Meeting Frequency: