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Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Accessibility Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to City Council. It is required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Committee is responsible for advising City Council on the development and implementation of the Multi-Year Municipal Accessibility Plan and advising Council on issues relating to citizens with a disability. Stakeholder representation includes:

  • 1 culturally Deaf person
  • 1 person who is hard of hearing and deafened
  • 1 person who has a mental health-related disability
  • 1 person who has a mobility-related disability
  • 1 person who is deaf blind
  • 1 person with a developmental disability
  • 1 person with a visual impairment, including those who are blind
  • 1 person with a brain injury
  • 1 older adult with a disability
  • 1 person with a speech impairment
  • 1 person with a learning disability
  • 1 parent or guardian of a child or youth with a disability
  • 1 caregiver to a person with a disability
  • 1 City Councillor
  • 1 citizen at large
  • 1 Service Agency Representative with a mandate/responsibility for people with disabilities

Invitations are extended to citizens of the City of Thunder Bay to submit their applications to be considered for  by City Council for the following vacancies on the Accessibility Advisory Committee:

  • One Vacancy for representation from the Culturally Deaf community, for a four year term expiring on Nov. 30, 2019; and   
  • One Vacancy for representation from a Parent/Guardian of a Child/Youth with a disability, for a four year term expiring on Nov. 30, 2020.

         Accessibility Advisory Committee Minutes​ 


Nov. 9, 2017 
Oct. 12, 2017  Adobe PDF, 10 pages, 121 KB
Sept. 14, 2017  Adobe PDF, 9 pages, 161 KB
June 8, 2017  Adobe PDF, 10 pages, 181KB
May 11, 2017  Adobe PDF, 7 pages, 118 KB
April 13, 2017  Adobe PDF, 10 pages, 134 KB
March 9, 2017
Feb. 9, 2017
Jan. 12, 2017  Adobe PDF, 10 pages, 118 KB
Nov. 24, 2016  Adobe PDF, 9 pages, 130 KB
Oct. 27, 2016
Sept. 22, 2016
Aug. 25, 2016
Aug. 9, 2016  Adobe PDF, 6 pages, 115 KB
June 23, 2016  Adobe PDF, 9 pages, 144 KB
April 28, 2016
March 24, 2016  Adobe PDF, 7 pages, 133 KB
Feb. 25, 2016  Adobe PDF, 9 pages, 208 KB
Jan. 28, 2016  Adobe PDF, 12 pages, 297 KB
Nov. 12, 2015  Adobe PDF, 7 pages, 119 KB
Oct. 8, 2015  Adobe PDF, 6 pages, 110 KB
Sept. 10, 2015 Adobe PDF, 7 pages, 111 KB
Aug. 13, 2015 Adobe PDF, 9 pages, 118 KB
May 14, 2015 Adobe PDF, 7 pages, 290 KB
April 9, 2015 Adobe PDF, 9 pages, 297 KB
March 12, 2015
Feb. 12, 2015 Adobe PDF, 8 pages, 263 KB
Jan. 15, 2015 Adobe PDF, 7 pages, 110 KB


2012 Accessibility Advisory Committee Meetings

2013 Accessibility Advisory Committee Meetings

2014 Accessibility Advisory Committee Meetings

The next three committee meetings are scheduled for Jan. 28, Feb. 25, and March 24, 2016, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre, 700 River Street. These meetings are open to the public; however, contact must be made with the Chair or the Committee Coordinator before you attend.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee, or in attending a meeting, please contact Linda Douglas, Committee Coordinator for the AAC, at 625-2559 or by email at

New Builds, Renovations, and Site Plan Controls

The Accessibility Advisory Committee provides guidance on all new builds and renovations of municipal facilities. In these functions they are bound by the Ontario Building Code, but also reference the London Design Standards, 2007. City Council supports the use of the London Design Standards as a best practice in accessible design. Once the Built Environment Standard of the AODA, 2005 is law, then compliance will follow.

Under the ODA, 2001, and the AODA, 2005, the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee is required to review all Site Plan Controls that come through the City’s Development Services Department. Here is a list of what the committee can give feedback on for these plans, as covered in the Planning Act:

Extracted from Section 41 of the Planning Act, 1990:

Provide to the satisfaction of and at no expense to the municipality any or all of the following:

  1. Subject to the provisions of subsections (8) and (9), widenings of highways that abut on the land.
  2. Subject to the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act, facilities to provide access to and from the land such as access ramps and curbings and traffic direction signs.
  3. Off-street vehicular loading and parking facilities, either covered or uncovered, access driveways, including driveways for emergency vehicles, and the surfacing of such areas and driveways.
  4. Walkways and walkway ramps, including the surfacing thereof, and all other means of pedestrian access. 4.1 Facilities designed to have regard for accessibility for persons with disabilities.
  5. Facilities for the lighting, including floodlighting, of the land or of any buildings or structures thereon.
  6. Walls, fences, hedges, trees, shrubs or other groundcover or facilities for the landscaping of the land, or the protection of adjoining lands.
  7. Vaults, central storage and collection areas and other facilities and enclosures for the storage of garbage and other waste material.
  8. Easements conveyed to the municipality for the construction, maintenance or improvement of watercourses, ditches, land drainage works, sanitary sewage facilities and other public utilities of the municipality or local board thereof on the land.
  9. Grading or alteration in elevation or contour of the land and provision for the disposal of storm, surface and waste water from the land and from any buildings or structures thereon; (b) maintain to the satisfaction of the municipality and at the sole risk and expense of the owner any or all of the facilities or works mentioned in paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of clause (a), including the removal of snow from access ramps and driveways, parking and loading areas and walkways; (d) subject to subsection (9.1), convey part of the land to the municipality to the satisfaction of and at no expense to the municipality for a public transit right of way. R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, s. 41 (7); 1996, c. 4, s. 24 (1, 2); 2006, c. 23, s. 16 (6, 7).