TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - During my installation as Lieutenant Governor of
Ontario, on September 5th, I spoke of my dream of a fully accessible Ontario,
a province where disability rights would be seen as basic human rights.
Less than a month into my term of office, I am deeply gratified that the
message of accessibility has been so enthusiastically taken up by the people
who are responsible for building our homes and communities. At their Annual
General Meeting, on September 26th, the members of the Ontario Home Builders'
Association unanimously passed the following resolution: "That the Ontario
Home Builders' Association convene a roundtable of industry experts to explore
best practices and alternatives in terms of accessibility in the homes and
communities we build in Ontario."
The commitment by Ontario's builders and contractors to furthering
accessibility was recognized last week by the Ontario March of Dimes, who
awarded the 2007 Community Partnership Award to Quick Contractors.com of
Cambridge, and the 2007 Barrier-Free Design Award of Merit to Quality
Engineered Homes Ltd of Grimsby.
I salute the members of the Ontario Home Builders' Association, for their
recognition that accessible homes and buildings are crucial to the
independence of Ontarians with disabilities. And I commend the Ontario March
of Dimes, for encouraging best practices in the industry, by honouring the
efforts of Ontario's builders to meet the needs of people who live with
For further information:
For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant
Governor, (416) 325-7780, www.lt.gov.on.ca