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Building More Inclusive Ontario Communities

Submitted by Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Accessibility

By working together, we can build an Ontario where inclusion, access, and empowerment are part of our culture — and our communities.

As Ontario’s new Minister Responsible for Accessibility, it’s been so important hearing from people across the province — those working hard to break down barriers and create inclusive communities for Ontarians of all abilities. Their innovative practices and tireless commitment have helped increase inclusion in the neighbourhoods, schools, and businesses where they live and work. Ontario has come far on our accessibility journey — in large part — because of the local leaders who unite their communities in pursuit of inclusion. Last year, we were pleased to support AMCTO in recognizing 101 of these accessibility champions across the province. I want to acknowledge and thank these inspiring leaders for doing their part to help build accessible Ontario communities that empower people of all abilities. As we move closer to 2025, I want you to know that our government remains dedicated to building an inclusive province. We’re working hard to promote a culture shift that makes accessibility a way of life for all Ontarians. That’s why I’m so excited about the Accessibility Hub. This new, online space shares best practices, resources, and success stories among people all over the province. It will help educate more Ontarians about accessibility, while mobilizing them with the knowledge and inspiration they need to take action. I hope you’ll visit this online hub regularly, contributing your ideas, opinions, and innovative approaches to break down barriers and increase accessibility. Let’s showcase the inclusive practices that are expanding social and economic opportunities for everyone. By working together, we can build an Ontario where inclusion, access, and empowerment are part of our culture — and our communities.

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