Brampton - Peel Regional Council has approved the Region of Peel’s first Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. In addition to detailing the Region’s accessibility plans for the next five years, the document outlines the Region’s commitment that its services, programs and facilities become barrier-free by 2025.
“The Region of Peel is committed to providing high-quality, accessible services that meet the growing needs of all citizens in the Peel community,” said Regional Chair and CEO Emil Kolb. “Accessibility is at the core of every decision that Council and staff are making, and our focus is to ensure that every member of our community has a positive experience every time they access a Regional service.”
Council endorsed the plan on the recommendation of the Region’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, a Council-appointed committee that is mandated to make Regional programs, services and facilities inclusive and accessible.
One in seven Ontarians is reported to have a disability. Locally, as the population ages in Peel Region, the need for accessible services will rise accordingly. Last year, TransHelp, the Region’s accessible transportation service provided 463,000 rides to its clients with mobility disabilities. In 2013, the Region projects an eight per cent growth in demand for accessible rides, which means that proactive planning as outlined in the multi-year accessibility plan, is needed to deliver the more than 500,000 rides that will be required.
For a hard copy or CD-ROM version of the 2013-2017 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan, please contact Meenu Sikand, 905-791-7800, ext. 4778.
For information on the Accessibility Planning Program, visit peelregion.ca/corpserv/makingway