Comparing Amherstburg To Other Municipalities: Accessibility Committee Applications

How will council appoint applicants on January 23 pursuant to the AODA 2005 if they are unaware of applicants’ eligibility?

Section 29 (3) of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 states: ‘A majority of the members of the committee shall be persons with disabilities.  2005, c. 11, s. 29 (3).’

Amherstburg advertised, ‘A majority of the members of the committee shall be persons with disabilities or caregivers of persons with disabilities.

Municipal Clerks from Essex County, Kingsville, Leamington, LaSalle and Tecumseh quickly responded to my request for copies of the application form for this article.

Note: emphasis has been added if application forms reference the legislation and eligibility lists have been summarized.

Amherstburg: Applications Form

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (Please check all boxes applicable to you)

  • resident or owner/tenant of land in the Town of Amherstburg
  • at least 18 years old
  • not prohibited from voting in a municipal election
  • understand and agree to adhere to the Council and Committee Code of Conduct.
    (Each Committee may have additional criteria for eligibility – Refer to Terms of Reference)
    Do you meet the qualifications for your chosen Committee/Board?

There was no link to the Terms of Reference.

Essex County Application Form

You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • person living with a disability
  • resident, owner or tenant of land in Essex County
  • Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • Not prohibited by law from voting in a municipal election
  • Not an employee of the Corporation of the County of Essex
    Do you meet all of the eligibility criteria listed above? * Yes No

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, a majority of the members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee must be persons with disabilities.

Please select the sector which you would be representing on the Committee. I am a person with a disability. I am a professional from the disability stakeholder community.

Kingsville Application Form

If you are applying for the Accessibility Advisory Committee, please note that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 requires that a majority of the committee members be persons with disabilities.

Do you identify yourself as having a disability? * Yes No Prefer not to identify

LaSalle Application Form

For more information about the Committee, please review the Terms of Reference here.

Have you read the Terms of Reference for this Committee? * Yes No

What are three areas related to increasing accessibility and inclusion that the Town of LaSalle Accessibility Advisory Committee should focus on during the 2022-2026 term? *

What is your understanding of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA)? How do you think the Town of LaSalle Accessibility Advisory Committee can support the Town in implementing the standards laid out in the AODA? *

Do you identify as a person with a disability or disabilities? *No Yes Prefer Not to Say

If you have identified yourself as a person with a disability or disabilities, and feel comfortable in sharing, can you please tell us about the barriers you may have experienced or are able to identify in our community?

Leamington Application Form

In accordance with the Committee’s membership requirements, the Municipality is searching for a citizen that is a person with a disability or disabilities. Do you wish to identify yourself as a person with a disability or disabilities?

I have read and understand the Terms of Reference for this Board or Committee. I understand that as a Board or Committee Member I will be required to attend mandatory training as organized and provided by the Municipality of Leamington Clerk. * Yes No

Tecumseh 

Our application follows the legislative requirements for advisory committees which can be found here.

Essex and Lakeshore did not respond at the time of writing, but information is posted to their websites:

Essex

View the proposed Terms of Reference and Learn More about the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

The Committee is made up of 1 member of Council and up to 12 members who are appointed by Council from the community. The Mayor may also attend meetings as an ex officio. The Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires that the majority of the Committee members be persons with disabilities.

Lakeshore 

Applications for vacant positions will be accepted until Friday, February 3, 2023 at 12:00 PM.

Prospective applicants can read each committee/board’s terms of reference and apply online at Lakeshore.ca/CommitteeApp (under the “Vacancies” tab).

Related posts: Amherstburg’s vacancy ad and committee composition.

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Comparing Amherstburg To Other Municipalities: Candidates’ Questions

Are candidate and third party advertiser questions to administration disclosed to the public? I received two different answers when I requested the same information from Amherstburg and Toronto.

Amherstburg:

I requested information, without revealing the source, to post to the burg watch blog.

Answer from CAO Critchley: Please file a Freedom of Information Request for this information. The form can be found at this link.

i’m not requesting any personal information; just the questions asked and answered.

Answer: This request is properly an MFIPPA request.

thank you but i respectfully disagree that a formal FOI request would be required.


Toronto:

I requested information to post to the burg watch blog.

Answer from City Clerk’s Office: Access to records held by the City of Toronto is regulated by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). The public has a right to see most City records, with some exceptions.

The City of Toronto engages in routine disclosure to automatically make information available to the public when it is requested. When information is not available routinely, the public may submit a freedom of information request.

In regards to the “You Asked Us” page, the City has established a protocol for responding to requests for information from candidates and third party advertisers about City services and programs so that all candidates have equal access to information for the municipal election.

Candidate & Third Party Advertiser Questions to the City