Business Breakfast –> Learn About Accessibility (June 17, 2010) Oshawa, Ontario

Local business owners invited to learn about accessibility

As part of the Durham Region Accessibility Expo, The Regional Municipality of Durham, Economic Development and Tourism Department, will be hosting a breakfast session to educate local business owners on accessibility compliance requirements.

WHEN: Thursday, June 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

WHERE: Durham College/UOIT Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, 2000 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

WHY: The Business Breakfast event is open to business owners who want to learn more about the requirements contained in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Under this legislation, all businesses within the Province of Ontario must take measures to provide accessible customer service to those with disabilities by Jan. 1, 2012.

NOTE: Limited seating is available. Two representatives from each business will be accommodated Kerri King Tourism Manager The Regional Municipality of Durham Economic Development and Tourism 605 Rossland Road East Level 5 PO Box 623 Whitby, ON L1N 6A3

Direct Line: 905.668.4113 ext. 2606
Fax: 905.666.6228
Toll Free: 800.413.0017


Durham Region Accessiblity Expo (June 17, 2010 10am – 8pm) Oshawa, Ontario

Accessibility Logo - Celebrating Abilities. Celebrating Life.Learn about the new law in Ontario called Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

The Accessibility Expo is the first of its kind in Durham where the Regional and local municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees have partnered with the Region of Durham Economic Development & Tourism Department to bring our community an important event on new legislation, accessibility and abilities.

An Accessibility Marketplace will feature over 100 exhibitors showcasing products and services.
An exciting lineup of extraordinary speakers and performers including:

Robert Pio Hajjar, a charismatic, motivational speaker, who travels widely as living proof of what is possible when you include and encourage people with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Mark Nagler’s ambition and perseverance is told with humour that
will motivate.

Speaking from experience, Paul Rosen, Paralympic Gold Medalist & Sledge Hockey Goaltender, joins us to inspire through his story of courage.

Special performance and speaking engagement by Justin Hines… his words and music will move you.

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The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act became law on June 13, 2005 and is making the Province of Ontario accessible by the year 2025, mandating rules that businesses and organizations will have to follow. Standards are in place for customer service now, and others including; transportation, employment, the built environment, information and communcations will be phased in over the new six months.


  • Public sector organizations need to comply with the standard by January 1, 2010.
  • Private and non-profit organizations must comply by January 1, 2012.

For more information on making Ontario accessible, visit

On June 13, 2005, the government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

About 1.85 million people in Ontario have a disability. That’s one in seven people. Over the next 20 years as the population ages, the number will rise to one in five Ontarians.

Find out what you need to know…
Making Ontario accessible | Ministry of Community and Social Services.