The St. Catharines' Mayor's Advisory Committee on Accessibility (MACOA) advocates to improve access and opportunities to maximize the participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the City of St. Catharines.
The committee reviews and recommends to Council an Accessibility Plan as defined in Bill 125, Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 and advises on standards implemented through Bill 118, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, AODA 2005.
More information is available on the City's corporate accessibility page.
The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Accessibility's purpose includes advising on the identification and prevention of barriers in the City of St. Catharines' facilities and services through:
Since 1998, the vision of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Accessibility is an inclusive and accessible City of St. Catharines.
The goals of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Accessibility are to:
Membership is open to citizens who reside and/or are property owners in the City of St. Catharines and who are 18 years of age or older. The majority of the members shall be persons with a disability and all members shall be knowledgeable on the provincial accessibility legislation and/or have an expertise relating to persons with a disability.
The committee consists of 12 voting members. Voting membership shall consist of the Mayor (or Council designate) and 11 citizens who have been appointed through the City's appointment process.
Members shall observe all corporate policies of the City of St. Catharines with respect to conduct, harassment and discrimination and be cognizant of the mandate of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Accessibility.
Each member of the committee is recognized as an independent representative to the committee who does not represent the concerns of only one group or special interest.
Members work together in order to develop a common approach that is reasonable and practical.
A committee member shall make every effort to attend all meetings. The appointment of a citizen member to a committee shall be rescinded should the member be absent from three consecutive meetings or absent from more than 50 per cent of the meetings in one year, unless excused by the committee due to extenuating circumstances.
The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Accessibility meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except December) at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall in Committee Room One. Meetings in July and August are tentative and at the call of the committee.