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    Trends and Issues

    Emerging Trends

    Total Number and Percentage of People with Disabilities in Canada:

    • Approximately 4.4 million people in Canada have disabilities, representing 14.3 per cent of the population of Canada*.
    • Approximately 1.85 million people in Ontario have disabilities, representing 15.5 per cent of the population of Ontario*.
    • Approximately 171,000 people in the Region of Peel have disabilities, representing about 15.5 per cent of the population of Peel*.
    • Disability impacts everyone including persons with disabilities, their family, friends, neighbours, co-workers and customers.

    * Source: Statistics Canada, Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, 2001 and 2006; Region of Peel Environment, Transportation and Planning Services, Planning, Policy and Research Division.

    Please refer to Appendix IV, Illustration of Emerging Trends.

    Key Strategic Issues

    • Compliance with existing and new legislation (ODA, AODA, Planning Act, OHRC, Ontario Building Code, United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons With Disabilities)
    • Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07
    • 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

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