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There are currently two active pieces of legislation in Ontario that specifically address accessibility: the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) .

Accessibility in Bruce County

The County of Bruce is committed to eliminating barriers and improving accessibility for persons with disabilities in a manner that respects dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The purpose of the AODA is to achieve accessibility in stages, allowing organizations to break down barriers over time as part of ongoing business decisions.

The purpose of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) is to improve the quality of life and experiences of persons with disabilities by identifying, preventing and removing any barriers that may limit opportunities for individuals with disabilities to fully participate in society. The County continues to support the goal of an accessible Province by 2025 through the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This Act is strong and effective legislation that will allow people with disabilities to participate in building a stronger Province. Through the AODA and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), the Government of Ontario has identified key areas for the development of common accessibility standards that are intended to ensure all sectors and organizations can provide fully accessible services and environments for Ontarians. There are standards for many important areas of life including: Customer Service Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations which include: General AODA requirements, Transportation, Information and Communications, Employment; and Design of Public Spaces.

Bruce County’s Accessibility Advisory Committee advises Bruce County Council and staff members on ways to identify, prevent and remove barriers from County services, by-laws, policies, programs and facilities. The Committee is formed in compliance with the AODA and ODA and includes people with disabilities and County political representatives.

Bruce County Council updated and approved the Corporate Accessibility Policy effective January 1, 2017.

Bruce County Council adopted a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2019-2023 which outlines the County’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers as well as its priorities related to accessibility. The Plan is available in accessible formats, upon request.

Documents are available in various accessible formats upon request. Please contact us and we will work with you to provide a format that meets your needs or complete and submit the attached Accessibility Request Form.

Your feedback is important in helping us improve accessible services at the County of Bruce. Feedback may be provided by completing the Customer Feedback Form or by telephone, in person, in writing or by e-mail.

The County of Bruce is actively working towards achieving a fully accessible website that conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. We are committed to making this website accessible and easy to use for everyone at all levels of ability.

Any document found on this site, is available in a variety of accessible formats, including large print, Braille, plain language or accessible electronic format, upon request. To request information in an alternative format please fill out the Request for Alternate Formats Form and email it to the Deputy Clerk or call 519-881-1291, ext. 310.

You can adjust the size of nearly all of the text on this website by using our font size widget that can be found on the top of all pages on the website. To change the font sizes, click on the "+" or "-" until you find the text size that is comfortable for you. Many browsers also provide a way of enlarging text or graphics under the "view" menu.

Images on the County of Bruce website have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text. This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers.

Some documents on the County's website are available in a PDF format. Adobe Reader is required to open these files. You can download Adobe Reader free of charge from the Adobe website.

While we make every effort to keep all content on this website accessible to all visitors, please contact us for help if you find any information on this website that you cannot access. Building an accessible website is an ongoing process and we welcome any comments on how to improve our site's accessibility.