The AMCTO Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) Champion Award
Regional Council received a delegation from Aretha Adams, Manager, Access to Information and Privacy, presented the AMCTO Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Champion Award to Naz Husain, Chair, Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC); Dely Farrace, Vice Chair, Region of Peel AAC; Mark Castro, Manager, Accessible Transportation; and, Joan Lumsden, retired Specialist, Disability Management.
On June 13, 2015 the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) celebrates 10 years as legislation. The Act was enacted in continuance of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), 2001. The purpose of this Act is to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the province.
The AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate leadership in accessibility, disability issues, passion, and commitment in the promotion and awareness of accessibility and inclusiveness in their community.
For more information about the AMCTO Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) Champion Award, please visit: http://www.amcto.com
Regional Council received a report on the Region of Peelâ€™s succession planning and leadership development.
Analysis of retirement eligibility data indicates that a significant number of employees in leadership roles are eligible to retire or will be eligible to retire within the next five years. Leadership development is key to ensuring the Region of Peel has a strong talent pipeline.
Mary Killeavy, Director, Human Resources, presented an overview of retirement forecasts by department; highlighted the connection between succession planning and leadership development; and described the Region of Peelâ€™s leadership development model.
A succession planning pilot project is currently underway within the Water division of Public Works and is expected to end in early 2016.
Effective succession planning and leadership development will ensure the Region of Peel has skilled employees at all levels as well as a pool of employees who are ready to take on critical leadership roles. Through these efforts, the talent pipeline will be strengthened, employee engagement will be enhanced and the Regionâ€™s strategic goals met.
Peel Accessible Transportation Master Plan Implementation Update
Regional Council received an update on the implementation of the Accessible Transportation Master Plan (ATMP).
Key outcomes of the implementation plan include: development of quality assurance and quality control programs, changing current service delivery model to the Advanced Brokerage Model, achieving 100 percent Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) eligibility compliance and forming a strong business intelligence platform for future sustainability.
Outcomes of the ATMP will have a positive benefit for Peel residents and persons with disabilities as TransHelp will achieve an improved service delivery model, serving a more diverse range of disabilities in a cost-effective and sustainable way.
The ATMP recommended service delivery model requires a number of positive and forward looking changes to the TransHelp model in order to achieve full AODA compliance and long-term future sustainability. There are a number of valuable changes anticipated throughout this implementation which will have an effect on the organization, staff, TransHelp clients and the larger community.
Regional Council also passed a resolution establishing an Accessible Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) Implementation Advisory Group.
For more information about the Accessible Transportation Master Plan, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/pw/transportation/residents/atmp.htm
Regional Council approved the Region of Peel's action plan for the arrival of Syrian refugees.
The federal government has committed to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. Three Peel departments are prepared and are working with area municipalities, health service partners, and settlement agencies to support the arrival of Syrian refugees and meet their short and long-term needs. This includes the departments of Health Services, Human Services and Corporate Services, all supported by Finance.
The refugees will pass through Pearson Airport and be assigned to either a family sponsor or an Interim Lodging Site.
Through the Human Services department, the Region is able to provide financial resources to settlement agencies in Peel to help them quickly increase their capacity to integrate these newcomers into our communities. A work group has been developed with the United Way and key settlement agencies to ascertain needs, and discuss coordination of activities and responses to potential scenarios.
Regional Council will receive a verbal update at its meeting on December 10, 2015, as more information becomes available.