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Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee (formerly the Disability, Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee) provides advice to City Council on the elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities and acts as a liaison with external bodies on barriers to participation in public life and to the achievement of social, cultural and economic well-being of people with disabilities. The committee also provides advice to City Council about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards and the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of accessibility reports as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Responsibilities

Members of the committee are expected to:

  • Review the agenda and any accompanying materials
  • Attend and participate in all committee meetings
  • Attend and participate in any working groups, as required
  • Advise on strategies and actions required to achieve the City's access, equity and human rights objectives
  • Advise on the implementation of Council's policies regarding access, equity and human rights

Term of office

Public members are appointed for a four-year term, coinciding with the term of City Council and serve until their successors are appointed.

Committee size and composition

The committee is composed of 12 members of the public and up to three members of City Council. A majority of the members of the committee will be persons with disabilities, as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians Disabilities Act, and should reflect the diversity of Toronto's population.

Chair and vice chair

The chair is a Member of City Council and, at its first meeting or as soon as possible after, the committee will elect two vice chairs.

Qualifications

In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, members should collectively bring the following skills and expertise to the committee:

  • A strong interest in equity and inclusion of people with disabilities
  • A strong understanding of the needs and concerns of a broad spectrum of people with disabilities and seniors, gained through personal or professional experience
  • Knowledge of accessibility as it relates to one or more areas of: policy and procedure, service planning and delivery, employment, built environment and public spaces, accommodation
  • Experience in decision-making, communication, citizen advocacy
  • Availability to participate in meetings during business hours

Meetings

The advisory committee meets six times per year. Meetings take place during business hours and the duration of meetings is approximately 2.5 hours.

Disability-related accommodation and supports are provided upon request. Notification in advance is required.

Remuneration

Membership is voluntary and a public service. Members will not be remunerated or receive an honoraria.

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