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National Access Awareness Week
National Access Awareness Week was established in 1987 following Rick Hansen’s 40,000 km Man in Motion World Tour.
The week promotes better community access for people with disabilities and is an opportunity to highlight accessibility, to provide information, and to call residents of the community to work toward equal access and full participation for people with disabilities. Mayor Rob Burton designated May 31 to June 6, 2015 as National Access Awareness Week in Oakville in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of equal access and full participation of persons with disabilities in our community.
Current accessibility plans and actions
The town is committed to providing accessible programs and services to help achieve the town’s vision to be the most livable town in Canada. The town’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2012–2017 sets out the steps the town will take to implement the requirements of the AODA's Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.
Open the following accessible PDFs to learn more:
Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2012-2017 (accessible pdf, 307 kB)
Oakville Universal Design Standards for town facilities (accessible pdf, 9.9 MB)
2014 Accessibility Annual Status update (accessible pdf, 199 kB)
2014 Accessibility Actions (accessible pdf, 52 kB)
2015 Oakville Transit Accessibility Plan (accessible pdf, 253 kB)
Previous accessibility plans and actions
2013 Town of Oakville provincial accessibility compliance report (accessible pdf, 153 kB)
Accessibility training brochures for staff, volunteers and service providers
Accessible Customer Service training brochure (accessible pdf, 1.5 MB)
Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation training brochure (accessible pdf, 1.2 MB)
We all need accessibility
People with disabilities represent a major and growing part of our population. Disabilities affect key areas of daily living. About 1.8 million or 15.5 per cent of Ontarians have a disability. In Oakville, that equates to over 27,000 residents. By 2026, as the population ages, it is estimated that 16 per cent of people in Canada will have a disability.
Open the Accessibility in Oakville brochure (accessible pdf, 2 MB)
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
The AODA became law on June 13, 2005. Under this landmark legislation, the provincial government will develop required standards that will identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities. The vision of the act is to have an accessible Ontario by 2025.The AODA Accessibility Standards address issues in five key areas:
- Customer Service Standard
- Information and Communication Standard
- Transportation Standard
- Employment Standard
- Built Environment Standard
Town of Oakville Accessibility Advisory Committee
The Accessibility Advisory Committee is a citizen volunteer committee that advises the Mayor and Council on matters related to the identification, removal and prevention of barriers for persons with disabilities. Visit the Accessibility Advisory Committee page for more information.
More information about accessible services at the town
Accessibility and the town's website
Accessible design guidelines
Annual accessibility plan
Accessibility Advisory Committee goals and accomplishments
Compliance with AODA's Customer Service Standard
Special needs participation in recreational programs
Mail: Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville ON L6H 0H3
Visit these sites for more information:
Access to Travel
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Canadian Association of the Deaf
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Ontario March of Dimes