DECEMBER 3, 2022

WHEREAS, the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3; and

WHEREAS, the observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, 2.6 million Ontarians have a disability; and

WHEREAS, approximately one in four people live with a disability and face various types of accessibility challenges in their everyday life; and

WHEREAS, increased social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities has positive economic and social benefits, for persons with disabilities, for business, the economy, and society in general; and

WHEREAS, the City of Thunder Bay’s Accessibility Advisory Committee ensures that our facilities, infrastructure and services are accessible to people of all abilities; and

WHEREAS, 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;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Ken Boshcoff, the Mayor of Thunder Bay, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2022, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and urge my fellow citizens to recognize the importance of accessibility in our community for everyone.