Fully Accessible Ontario by 2025
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was passed in 2005. Its goal is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025. This law sets the standards that help people with disabilities participate fully in their communities. Ontario now has mandatory accessibility standards in 5 areas of daily life:
- Customer Service
- Design of Public Spaces
- Information and Communication
To find out more on the Accessibility Action Plan go to AccessON or visit the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure.
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
The Township of Minden Hills is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the standards under it in order to create a barrier free Ontario. The Township shall provide or arrange for the provision of information, including the Minden Hills Emergency Management Plan, in an accessible or alternate format or communication supports for persons with disabilities:
- Upon request, and in a manner that takes into account the person’s accessibility needs, the format requested or required and within an appropriate period of time practicable and agreed upon with the individual and Township;
- At a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to others persons
Alternate Formats could include, but are not limited to: large print, colour contrast, electronic formats or email.
Communication Supports could include, but are not limited to: use of plain language, having a staff member/volunteer read the written information aloud, and other supports that facilitate effective communication.
Documents placed on the Township website are in PDF format, allowing the reader to enlarge text, change font size and use vocalization software programs as required.
Requests can be made:
In Person – at the Administration Office (2nd floor), 7 Milne Street, Minden ON during regular business hours
By Telephone – 705-286-1260
By Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Minden Hills Policy #60 – Accessibility for Customer Service
We want to ensure that we are providing exceptional and accessible service for all of our customers. Goods and services will be provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence to all customers. Policy #60-Accessibility & Customer Service outlines the provision of services to persons with disabilities that will be integrated wherever possible. Persons with disabilities will be given an opportunity equal to that given to others, to obtain, use or benefit from the goods and services provided by and on behalf of the Township.
Minden Hills Emergency Management Plan
Download or view the Minden Hills Emergency Plan by clicking on the blue link. Alternatively, printed copies are available for pick up at the Administration Office, 1st floor, during regular business hours. Requests for an emailed copy of this document can be made to email@example.com.
Feedback from the public is welcomed as it may identify areas that require change and encourage continuous service improvements. Feedback from a member of the public about the delivery of goods and services to persons with disabilities may be given by telephone, in person, in writing or in electronic format. You are encouraged to use the following:
Feedback is directed to the Township Clerk’s Department. Staff within the Clerk’s Department will respond immediately to all queries relating to accessibility concerns.
As the Accessibility Coordinator, the Township Clerk will respond either in writing, in person, by e-mail or telephone, to acknowledge receipt of feedback and will set out the action to be taken in response to any complaints.
The Clerk’s Department may be contacted in person or in writing to 7 Milne Street, PO Box 359, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0 or by the following methods:
Bell Canada offers The Bell Relay service (BRS) which supports communication by phone between hearing people and people who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, or those with speech disabilities. Professionally trained operators act as intermediaries to facilitate the call. Bell Relay operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. please visit the Bell Canada website at www.bell.ca for more information.
Hydro One offers a specialized service where you can register yourself as a sensitive customer and obtain a “Vital Services” package. If you qualify, this package provides you with priority status in an outage and may also provide a discount(s) on services if you meet Hydro One’s requirements on in home use of a medical device. Please visit the Hydro One website at www.hydroone.com or call 1-888-664-9376 to find out more.
Ontario Provincial Police Self Reporting
The OPP is pleased to announce the expansion of the citizen self-reporting program and the new capacity to receive emergency calls for service via Text with 911 (T9-1-1) from people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired (DHHSI) and for which the OPP is the Primary Public Safety Answering Point (P-PSAP).
The OPP’s Citizen Self Reporting is an easy to use internet reporting tool that provides members of the public with the option of reporting minor incidents to police by completing an online report on their computer or mobile device.
Please visit the Ontario Provincial Police website, “Text with 9-1-1” for more information.
Planning Accessible Events
If you are planning and/or organizing a community event such as a wedding, bingo or fair, the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure provides a Planning Accessible Events booklet for quick tips on how to plan your event so that guests with disabilities will feel welcome.
The Haliburton County Community Transportation Hub can help connect you to transportation options that meet your needs so that you can more fully explore, participate in and enjoy life in the Haliburton Highlands. Whether you need a ride to get to an appointment, pick up groceries or attend an event, we can help match you with services that meet your transportation needs.