Accessibility

Collingwood’s Commitment to Accessibility

The Town of Collingwood is committed to providing all people with consistent opportunity and access to all Town goods, services and facilities while ensuring that policies, procedures and practices are provided in a timely manner and address integration, independence, dignity and equal opportunity.

We all benefit from Accessibility

Our Town recognizes that accessibility is essential to build on our unique profile as a major tourist destination, a retirement community and a community that attracts businesses. Many of our businesses recognize that accessibility can strengthen their bottom line, and grow their client base. Many of our leisure activities include people with varying abilities. Our residents told us during Access Awareness week in late May, 2015, that accessibility represents freedom, equality, independence and community to them.

Visit the links below to learn how we are all building a more accessible Collingwood.

The Town of Collingwood recognizes that accessibility is essential to build on our unique profile as a major tourist destination, a retirement community and a community that attracts businesses. Many of our retirees are active and fit, but people over age 65 are more likely to have accommodation needs for different abilities. According to the 2013 report Towards an Accessible Future: Ontario Innovators in Accessibility and Universal Design by MaRS Market Insights, 37% of people aged 65-74 and 61% of people aged 75+ have at least one disability. 
 
Collingwood appreciates that most people of all ages and abilities want to stay active and involved. Many of our leisure activities include people with varying abilities. A few of the universal activities offered in Collingwood include sledge hockey, curling, golfing, swimming, trail use and special events. In addition, the Special Olympics swim teams make use of our various municipal facilities.

The accessibility standards for Ontario require every employee, manager, board member and volunteer of all organizations with one or more employee to take accessibility training.

In addition, the legislation requires that contractors, vendors and any other parties or individuals who provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of the Town of Collingwood ensure their employees are trained on accessibility standards.

Collingwood is committed to providing people of all abilities consistent opportunity and access to all Town events.  Making your event accessible can increase the number of people who will attend. Letting people know about accessibility features in your promotional material will help them plan to participate.

Accessibility features are included throughout the event planning kit.  This section will help you think in a more focused way about how accessible your event can be.

 

Give us your feedback

If you require an accessible format or communication support please contact the Clerks’ Department at 705-445-1030 or email us at clerk@collingwood.ca.  Let us know how we can best meet your needs.