Award honours organizations that go above and beyond to promote
accessibility for people with disabilities; application deadline is
TORONTO, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Excellence Canada today announced a call
for applications for the second annual Excellence Canada - Ontario Accessibility Award. The award recognizes and celebrates organizations that have
demonstrated leadership and commitment by going above and beyond the
requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act,
2005 (AODA) Standards.
"Accessible facilities and businesses enable people with disabilities to
be more fully functioning individuals. But such places also become more
inviting for mothers with buggies and people with walkers. Excellence
Canada's Ontario Accessibility Awards celebrate those groups who are
making their communities open and inviting to all people, able-bodied
and disabled alike", said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario and the honorary patron of the Excellence Canada - Ontario Accessibility Award Program.
"Accessibility for people with disabilities is a journey of continuous
improvement," said Russ Gahan, Vice President of Operations at
Excellence Canada. "To achieve sustainability, it is extremely
important to celebrate significant milestones along the way. The Excellence Canada - Ontario Accessibility Award Program highlights the passion and dedication of men and women of all abilities
who make their organizations into role-models of accessibility."
Organizations of all sizes and sectors are invited to apply for the
award. Previous recipients include Elections Ontario, Megleen (a Tim
Hortons franchisee), Northern Lights Canada, Regional Municipality of
York, Regional Municipality of Durham, Town of Aurora, Town of Markham,
Variety Village, and York Regional Police.
To download the award application, please visit www.peopleaccess.ca and select the AWARDS tab.
Excellence Canada also takes this opportunity to remind all Ontario
employers that while they were required to comply with the AODA
Accessibility Standards for Customer Service by January 1, 2012, those
with 20 or more employees must also file their Compliance Report with
the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario by December 31, 2012. Details
can be found at www.peopleaccess.ca under the AODA COMPLIANCE tab.
About Excellence Canada and People Access
Excellence Canada (formerly the National Quality Institute) helps
organizations improve performance and recognizes excellence. It is the
proud custodian of Canada's highest organizational recognition program
established in 1984, the prestigious Canada Awards for Excellence, which enjoys the Vice-Regal Patronage of His Excellency, the Right
Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General
of Canada. Visit www.excellence.ca
People Access, a division of Excellence Canada, is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to helping organizations strive for
accessibility excellence for people with disabilities. Its vision is a
Canadian society that is diverse, accessible, and inclusive. People
Access supports organizations in achieving compliance with the
accessibility laws while also improving customer and employee
satisfaction and bottom-line results.
SOURCE Excellence Canada
For further information:
Anna Teed, Director of Communications, at 1-800-263-9648 x 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org