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    1. Trends and Issues

      • D.1 Emerging Trends
        • By the year 2021, forecasts for the Region of Peel indicate that about 15 per cent of the population will be aged 65 or older
        • Incidence of disability increases significantly with age, which indicates that the number of persons with disabilities and the related needs to access Regional services can be expected to increase at a relatively high rate over the next 20 years
        • Highest rate of growth in Peel is the population of seniors (69 per cent increase in the seniors’ population in the last five years)
        • Increased demand for adequate transportation for persons with mobility disabilities
        • Rapid population growth and development in the region of Peel
        • Citizen/client/customer focus creates expectation of immediate response to accessibility issues
        • Reduction in financial resources to address accessibility issues
        • More seniors and people with disabilities are living in family structures
        • Increased expectations from compliance agencies (such as Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC))
        • Increasing expectation for municipal governments to serve as delivery agents for provincial policies
        • See Appendix IV for illustration of data that provide more details on the emerging trends.

      • D.2 Key Strategic Issues
        • Compliance with existing and new legislation (ODA, AODA, Planning Act, OHRC, Ontario Building Code)
        • 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
        • 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

        Trends and Issues (PDF 201KB, 2 pages)