The Regional Municipality of York is the 6th largest municipality in Canada, with more than 1.1 million residents. York Region consists of nine municipalities, and is diverse in its geography, economic development and population. York Region was incorporated in 1970 and is one of six Regional governments across Ontario.
York Region has implemented over 750 initiatives to identify, remove and prevent accessibility barriers within its programs, services and facilities. Since the enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 (AODA), York Region has met the requirements demonstrating actions that go beyond what is required by law.
By making York Region programs, services and facilities accessible for people of all abilities, the organization has made accessibility an integral part of their business. By including accessibility planning into services and business planning, the organization is creating a community that is welcoming and inclusive while supporting the integration of all in York Region.
About the Ontario Leader in Accessible Employment Award:
Sponsored by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Leader in Accessible Employment is awarded to a business or organization that has created an accessible work environment, values the contribution of persons with disabilities, and promotes the development of an inclusive workplace culture for all.
What Ontario business leaders are saying about the Regional Municipality of York:
“By ensuring accessible work and community environments, York Region is establishing a community that is not only inclusive, but promotes values of equality, acceptance and diversity. This model is something that benefits all members of their nine local municipalities. I look forward to showcasing this organization and the good work they have done and continue to do at the OBAAs this year. ”
– Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
“The Regional Municipality of York has been a leader in many areas including accessibility for a number of years. Not only do they have a very comprehensive multi year accessibility plan but they recently created a website that is accessible to a broader range of users with disabilities. The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce congratulates them on being a finalist at the Ontario Business Achievement Awards.”
– Debra Scott, President and CEO of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce
“The Regional Municipality of York is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of people with disabilities in a timely and proactive manner and will use reasonable efforts to provide equitable access to Regional programs, goods, services and facilities in a way that respects a person’s dignity and independence.”
– Lisa Gonsalves, Director, Strategies and Partnerships Branch at York Region
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