Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

for the period December 2013 to December 2018


1.0 Purpose

Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

for the Period December 2013 to December 2018

This multi-year Accessibility Plan is developed in accordance with the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). It outlines the intentions of SGACL to meet its obligations under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA). The Plan describes the measures that the Agency will take over the five year period from 2013 to 2018 to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities who work, learn and participate in SGACL’S services and supports, including people supported, friends and family of people supported, community partners, staff, students on placement, volunteers, including Board members, and visitors. The plan will be guided by the Agency’s Accessibility Standards-Policy Statement.


2.0 Objectives

This plan:

     2.1  Describes the process by which SGACL  will identify, remove and prevent barriers;

     2.2  Reviews recent efforts the Agency has taken to remove and prevent barriers;

     2.3  Describes the measures that SGACL will take in the period 2013 - 2018 to identify remove and prevent barriers;

     2.4  Makes a commitment to provide an annual status report on the Agency’s implementation of the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan;

     2.5  Makes a commitment to review and update the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan at least once every 5 years;

     2.6  Describes how SGACL will make this accessibility plan available to the public.


3.0 Commitment to Accessibility Planning

This plan, along with any future amendments to the plan will be presented to the Management Team for approval. Consultation with people supported may occur, as appropriate, for the development and/or revision of the plan.

SGACL is committed to:

     3.1  Ensuring, wherever practicable, that SGACL’S policies, procedures and practices are consistent with the principles of accessibility and universal design. Where appropriate, people supported will be requested to provide input with regard to the new policies and procedures and to those under review.

     3.2  Improving access to facilities, policies, programs, practices and services for people supported, friends and family of people supported, community partners, staff, students on placement, volunteers, including Board members, and visitors.

     3.3  Consulting with persons with disabilities through people supported may occur as appropriate, regarding the development and review of the multi-year plan;


4.0 Description of SGACL



SGACL recognizes the inherent right of all individuals to live a personally rewarding life within their community; to take an active role in planning for, selecting and managing their own supports.



That all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community and have the opportunity to participate fully.


5.0 Strategy for the Prevention and Removal of Barriers

The Integrated Standards Regulation 191/11, pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 identified specific requirements to achieve


Accessibility in the areas of:

• Information and Communications

• Employment
• Transportation
• Accessible Built Environment


These requirements build on the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service.

The chart on the following page sets out agency compliance status with respect to each particular Standard.










6.0 Review and Monitoring Process


a) The Executive Director shall be the lead to monitor the progress of the Multi-Year Plan. The Senior Administration Team shall evaluate the effectiveness of

barrier-removal and prevention strategies and together with the Board of Directors, as applicable, to plan for increased accessibility throughout SGACL

b) The Administration Team shall prepare an annual status report on measures taken to implement the plan.


c) At least once every 5 years, the plan shall be reviewed and updated in consultation with persons with disabilities, as appropriate.



7.0 Communication of the Plan


In addition to the public availability of the Plan as noted on the cover, an annual Status report of the Multi-Year Plan will be posted on the Agency website. SGACL will accommodate requests for accessible formats of the Plan.

Questions, comments and feedback regarding the Accessibility Plan may be directed to:






Phone: (807) 343-4561

Cellphone: (807) 621-7955

FAX: (807) 346-5811

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