Sault Chamber offers local businesses an opportunity to delve into the Ontarians with Disabilities Act


Rory Ring, CEO of the Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce, recently spoke with Superior Media’s Colette Linden about an upcoming information session the Chamber is hosting – virtually.

A virtual workshop on Wednesday, January 27th will offer local businesses an opportunity to delve into the ‘Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 is a statute enacted in 2005 by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada. Its purpose is to improve accessibility standards for Ontarians with physical and mental disabilities to all public establishments by 2025.

When a society is inclusive and barrier-free, people can fully participate in their communities. Making Ontario a province where communities and businesses are accessible for everyone benefits us all.

There are 2.6 million people in Ontario who have a disability. Most disabilities are invisible.
More than 40 per cent of this population is over the age of 65. As the population ages, this number will only grow.

The Advancing Accessibility in Ontario framework was informed by the recommendations made by the Honourable David C. Onley in the third legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, as well as input from key partners, organizations and people with disabilities.

In 2020, The Ontario government invested $1.3 million over two years with the Rick Hansen Foundation to launch the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program in Ontario.

Through engaging with employers and Ontarians about employment and inclusion issues and profiling the benefits of accessible communities and businesses, a truly inclusive and barrier – free province is possible.

Register for the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Information session here


  1. This narrative must be directed at Walmart as they are the only ones open!! Maybe the Chamber should be focusing on helping small businesses that are closed. Drive down Queen St, makes you want to vomit! The way things are going Walmart will be the only place left to participate!!

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