We all need accessibility. People with disabilities are one of the fastest growing sectors of our population. Today, one in seven people in Ontario lives with a disability and as our population ages that number is expected to increase to one in five by 2025.
Creating a city where every person who lives, works or visits can participate fully makes good sense -- for our citizens, our businesses and our community.
The City of Burlington is committed to ensuring that people of all ages and abilities enjoy the same opportunities as they live, work, play, visit and invest in our city.
We promote a caring, inclusive and respectful community where city programs, services and facilities are available to everyone, including people with disabilities. Our goal is to ensure accessibility for the public we serve and our employees.
The Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee is a citizen committee that provides advice to Council on the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to people with disabilities in the municipality's by-laws, policies, programs and services.
The City of Burlington has been working on improving accessibility since 1994, long before the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 was enacted. Our accessible services include accessible communication, accessible parks and recreation programs, accessible transit and accessible parking.
The 2016 standards maintain the leading practices, introduced in the 2011 standard, and incorporate significant new requirements for accessibility introduced in the recent changes to the Ontario Building Code, and the new legislative requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Design of Public Spaces Standards.
The updated requirements for accessible design are contained in one document for clarity and ease of use here.
Download the City's Accessibility Brochure -PDF
Read about our Accessibility Awards program.
Read the 2014 Progress Report... 1.1 MB PDF
Read the 2015 Progress Report... 6 MB PDF