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We all need accessibility
People with disabilities represent a major and growing part of our population. Disabilities affect key areas of daily living. About 1.8 million or 15.5 percent of Ontarians have a disability. In Niagara Falls, that equates to over 12,000 residents. By 2026, as the population ages, it is estimated that 16 percent of people in Canada will have a disability.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
The Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 (AODA) became law in 2005. This legislation requires businesses and organizations to provide accessible services to people with disabilities. The goal is for Ontario to be fully accessible by 2025.
Under AODA the government identified five (5) Standards that each helped create a more accessible Ontario by improving the dignity and inclusion of people with disabilities. These include: Customer Service, Information and Communication, Employment, Public Spaces, and Transportation. Compliance dates for the legislation range from January 1, 2010 through January 2021. Under the Transportation Standard there are 80 sections that are intended to provide people with disabilities greater access to their community by improved service to public transportation service (including municipal transit, specialized transit, taxicabs, school buses, ferries, and subway systems).
Niagara Falls Transit
Niagara Falls Transit provides transportation services for people with disabilities through both the conventional buses and our specialized transit service, Chair-A-Van.