Accessibility

It is the policy of The Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge that citizens with disabilities achieve accessibility to the provision of goods and services by the Municipality to this community, consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity as set out in the regulations of The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Municipality's Accessibility Policy.

Background Information

There are 1.9 million people in Ontario with disabilities. This number is expected to increase as the population ages becausse the incidence of disability increases with age.

The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) was given Royal Assent on December 13, 2001, and is considered to be Canada's most comprehensive legislation to improve access for people with disabilities and set the foundation for the development of accessibility standards under the AODA, 2005.

Accessibility Resources

Following are links to Municipal documents and an Ontario government website for assistance with understanding and improving accessibility:

2005-2006 Report on Improved Accessibility and Accessibility Plan for 2006-2007
This Report on Improved Accessibiltiy describes the measures taken by the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge during the 2005-2006 years and plans for the 2006-2007 years, to identify, remove, and prevent barriers to people with disabilities who use the facilitiies and services of the municipality.

"May I Help You" Understanding Accessibile Customer Services Guide
This resource gives some excellent background on how the Municipality is making its customer services more accessible to people of all abilities.  It includes information on the Municipality's policies and practices in areas such as guide dogs and service animals, support persons, feedback mechanisms, assistive devices, disruption of services as well as information on how we are prepared to serve people of various disabilities.

AccessON
This Ministry of Community and Social Services website highlights some of the ways facilities and services can be made more accessible to people with disabilities

Website Accessibility

The Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge website adheres to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. The site design is accessible to the visually impaired and user-friendly for all viewers. The text enlargement feature allows viewers to increase the size of the font as necessary. Text and graphics are accessible by screen readers and legible when viewed without colour.

We have made necessary steps to have this website function as intended across all major browsers. CSS3 enhancements are used throughout the site and are viewable by anyone using a modern browser with CSS3 support (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer 9). We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that viewers on older browsers (Internet Explorer 8 and earlier) will be able to access the site content as intended.

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