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  •  Region of Peel Accessibility Plan – September, 2009

    Trends and Issues

    Emerging Trends

    • Approximately 4.4 million people living in Canada reported to have a disability. This number represents that 14.3 per cent of the total population in Canada has either a visible or non-visible disability.
    • Approximately 1.85 million people living in Ontario reported to have a disability. This number represents that 15.5 per cent of the total population in Ontario has either a visible or non-visible disability.
    • Approximately 171,030 people living in Peel reported to have a disability. This number represent that 14.8 per cent of the total population in Peel region has either a visible or non-visible disability.

    Following is the further breakdown of disability population residing within the three municipalities of Peel. According to 2006 statistics:

    • 100,080 persons with disabilities currently reside in the City of Mississauga. This number represent that 15.0 per cent of the total population in the City of Mississauga has either a visible or non-visible disability.
    • 63,565 persons with disabilities currently reside in the City of Brampton. This number represent that 14.7 per cent of the total population in the City of Brampton has either a visible or non-visible disability.
    • 7,365 persons with disabilities currently reside in the Town of Caledon. This number represent that 12.9 per cent of the total population in the Town of Caledon has either a visible or non-visible disability.

    Please refer to Appendix IV, Illustration of Emerging Trends.


    Key Strategic Issues

    • Compliance with existing and new legislations (ODA, AODA, Planning Act, Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), Ontario Building Code (OBC), United Nation’s International Convention on Rights of Persons With Disabilities (ICRPD)
    • Ontario Regulation 429/07, Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (the “Regulation”)
    • Growing expectations for municipal governments to immediately respond to the accessibility needs of its customers, clients, citizens and employees
    • Planning for Peel’s rapidly growing population and aging citizens
    • Establishing an effective accessibility planning program infrastructure within the Region, including development of efficient and effective processes
    • Building and maintaining momentum among staff and AAC for addressing foundational issues for a sustainable  and meaningful change in organizational culture
    • Creating collaborative internal and external partnerships to identify and address current and emerging accessibility issues
    • Level of awareness and understanding of: different types of disabilities; the identification, removal and prevention of barriers; and the ODA and AODA requirements among staff, Regional Council and the public


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