The Corporation of the Municipality of Markstay-Warren
There are 1.9 million people in Ontario with disabilities. This number will increase as the population ages as the incidence of disability increases with age.
On December 14, 2001, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 (the ODA) was passed to improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities. Under the ODA all municipalities must prepare and make public their accessibility plans by September 30th, 2003. The ODA is designed so that cities, Municipalitys and other municipalities, hospitals, school boards, colleges and universities, public transportation providers, government ministries and agencies, the private sector and people with disabilities can take part in making Ontario a more accessible province.
Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, people with disabilities have the right to be free from discrimination in employment services, goods, facilities and housing. Several Ontario Statues and Regulations address the right to equal treatment including:
n The Assessment Act
n The Blind Person’s Rights Act
n The Building Code Act 1992
n The Corporations Tax Act
n The Income Tax Act
n The Education Act
n The Ontario Disability Support Program Act 1997
n The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act 1997
The purpose of the Ontario with Disabilities Act 2001 is to improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities. The act provides for their involvement in identifying, removing and preventing barriers allowing their full participation in the life of Ontario.
MUNICIPAL COMMITMENT TO ACCESSIBILITY PLANNING
The Corporation of the Municipality of Markstay-Warren (The Municipality) is committed to:
n The continual improvement of access to all municipally owned facilities, premises and services for all those with disabilities; and
n Providing quality services to all members of the community with disabilities
The aim of this plan is to identify the measures the Municipality has taken in previous years and will take during the coming year(s) to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities using municipal facilities and services.
The objectives of this plan are to:
- Report on the measures the Municipality has taken to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities.
- Describe the measures in place to ensure that the Municipality assesses its acts, by-laws, regulations, policies, programs, practices and services to determine their effect on accessibility for people with disabilities.
- List the facilities, policies, programs, practices and services that the Municipality will review in the coming year(s) to identify barriers to people with disabilities.
- Describe the measures the Municipality intends to take in the coming year(s) to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities.
- Describe how the Municipality will make this accessibility plan available to the public.
All municipal administration is conducted at the Municipality’s Municipal Office is located at 21 main Street South, Markstay providing services including; public information, building permits, financial administration and tax collection. The Municipality holds council meetings at 21 Main Street South, Markstay and 39 Lafontaine Street, Warren and the meeting facilities are fully assessable.
n Road Works Garage Markstay
n Public Works Garage Warren
n Water Treatment Plant Warren
n Chlorination Station, Markstay
n Lift Stations Warren
n Landfill, Gervais Rd, Warren
n Markstay-Warren Arena/Multi Use Centre, Warren
n Playground Warren
n Ball field Warren
n Playground Hagar
n Playground, Tennis Court and Ballfield Markstay
n (New) Outdoors Ice Rink Markstay
n Fire Hall Markstay
n Fire Hall Warren
n Fire Hall Awrey
n 6 Cemeteries
n 2 buildings leased to Seniors Group
Administration and Finance
n Municipal Offices
n Warren Library
n Markstay Library
PAST INITIATIVES TO REMOVE BARRIERS TO PERSON WITH DISABILITIES
The Municipality has made progress over the years addressing the needs of those with disabilities. Some of the measures include:
n Designated parking at the Arena/Multi Use centre.
n Elevator, barrier free washrooms and entry improvements at the Arena/Multi Use Centre.
n Accessible Customer Service Training (as per Ontario Regulation 429/07) provided by Municipal Clerk to all staff. This continues as part of staff orientation for new hires.
n Barrier Free Washroom, Ramp, automatic doors – Warren Senior Hall
n Automatic doors for Council Chamber and Barrier Free Washroom
FUTURE INITIATIVES TO REMOVE BARRIERS TO PERSON WITH DISABILITIES - Multi Year Assibility Plan
n Push button door openers at the Municipal Office 2016, Markstay Seniors Hall – 2015
n Designated parking at The Municipal Office and Seniors Centre –2015
n Barrier Service Counter - Municipal Office – TBD
n Barrier free workplace – Municipal Office – TBD
MEASURES TO IDENTIFY BARRIERS TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
n All employees will be empowered to report any identified potential barriers or hazards.
n Any new or proposed by-laws will consider individuals with disabilities.
REVIEWS OF THE OPERATIONAL AND DECISION MAKING PRACTICES
n Before buying, the Municipality will examine equipment, supplies or services for itself, its employees or the Public, considering the accessibility of the equipment, supplies and services to people with disabilities.
n The Municipality will use the Government of Ontario ‘barriers free design’ guidelines that promote accessibility for people with disabilities to buildings that the Municipality buys, leases, builds or significantly renovates.
n The barrier-free design guideline use will ensure the level of accessibility for municipal buildings is at least as good as or better than the level of accessibility required by the Building Code.
n The Municipality will accommodate the accessibility needs for its employees as required by the Human Rights Code.
n Managers and Supervisors are encouraged to consider the provision of funding to remove barriers as part of their annual budget process.
MULTI-YEAR ACCESSIBILITY PLAN
By 2014, all public organizations are required to have a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan in place as per the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
This plan will work as a timeline identifying how The Corporation of the Municipality of Markstay-Warren will work towards achieving compliance with the standards outlined in the legislation set by the Accessibilities for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by 2021.
REVIEW AND MONITORING OF THE PROCESS
The Municipality is committed to this plan. Each year before budget development, a review of the plan shall be completed
n To review and evaluate progress towards achieving objectives
n Review and prioritize the plan to address any remaining or new identified barriers
COMMUNICATION OF THE PLAN
This plan will be available on the web site as well as at the Municipality Office. The Municipality will make every effort to make the plan available to those with disabilities for their perusal and review.