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The Township of Algonquin Highlands is committed to accessibility and AODA compliance. As such, the Township is working to provide accessible information on this website’s pages and content within. This is an ongoing process and third-party documents, and some information may not be accessible. Upon request, the Township of Algonquin Highlands will provide, or arrange for the provision of, accessible formats and or communication supports for people with disabilities in a timely manner. Please contact 705-489-2379 or email for assistance.  

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is a law passed by the Ontario legislature that allows the government to develop and enforce standards for accessibility. The purpose of the AODA is to have a fully accessible Ontario by 2025. In order to achieve this goal, the province is establishing accessibility standards in five different areas:

  • Customer Service
  • Built Environment
  • Information and Communications
  • Transportation, and
  • Employment.

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service, O. Reg 429/7 was the first standard to become law, and came into effect for the public sector on January 1, 2010. 

The Township of Algonquin Highlands has developed a Customer Service Policy for Providing Goods and Services to People with Disabilities.

The policy includes information on:

  • Provision of goods and services to persons with disabilities
  • Communication with persons with disabilities
  • Use of assistive devices, service animals and support persons
  • Notice of disruption in services
  • Training requirements for staff, contractors and volunteers
  • Feedback process
  • Document requirements

The policy document is available below or in paper copy from the Municipal Office upon request.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) provides that every provider of goods and services shall establish and maintain accessibility policies, practices and procedures related to the following:

  1. Customer Service
  2. Employment Standards
  3. Information and Communication Standards
  4. Transportation Standards
  5. Built Environment

The Township of Algonquin Highlands has established an Integrated Accessibility Policy and guiding principals to establish accessibility standards in the areas of Information and Communication, Employment and Transportation to facilitate the removal and prevention of barriers to people with disabilities to enable better access to municipal goods, services and facilities.


Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 191/11 – Integrated Accessibility Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requires designated public sector organizations to have a multi-year accessibility plan in place which documents the organization’s strategy to prevent and remove accessibility barriers.

Organizations must establish, review and update these plans in consultation with persons with disabilities and when applicable, with a municipal accessibility advisory committee.

Plans must be updated at least once every five years and a status report must be completed on an annual basis. The plan and status report must be posted on the organization’s website and be available in an accessible format upon request.

Designated Public Sector Annual Status Report

The Corporation of the Township of Algonquin Highlands has established a multi-year accessibility plan to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility and to meet requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Integrated Accessibility Standards.

Our Annual Status Report details annual updates on the progress of measures taken to improve accessibility. The purpose of this report is to track our organization’s progress and make the public aware of our initiatives.

To request an alternate format of this annual status report, please contact:

Name: Dawn Newhook, Clerk
Telephone number:  705-489-2379 ext. 333

The Township will continue review, and implement accessible features as identified in the Accessibility Plan, as well the implementation of new accessible features throughout the Township as the need, or opportunity, arises.

Customer Service Accomplishments

  • Purchased and implemented new accessible document remediation software – Equidox.
  • Trained staff on accessible document software for the remediation and creation of accessible documents.
  • Purchased software that assists with scanning and identifying accessibility issue with the Townships website (Monsido).
  • Prepared an Accessible Elections Plan for the 2022 Municipal Election

Employment Accomplishments

  • Job recruitment ads continue to contain information regarding the opportunity for accessible accommodation during the recruitment process
  • Offers of Employment (Hire Letter) includes information on accessible accommodation

Design of Public Spaces Accomplishments

  • Accessible picnic tables installed throughout Township owned parks.
  • Accessible Lift installed at the Stanhope Library

Summary of Consultations

Staff present plans/design of public spaces/buildings to the Joint Accessible Advisory Committee when projects are undertaken.

The 2022 Municipal Elections Accessibility Plan was presented to the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee for review and comment prior to being posted to the public.

Past Accessibility Accomplishments (2018-2021)

General Accomplishments

  • New Ramp, deck and accessible parking created at the Stanhope Airport
  • Improvements to the Dorset Recreation Centre washrooms
  • New washrooms and entrance way with automatic door openers and accessible ramp installed at the Municipal Office
  • New accessible washroom at the Stanhope Fire Hall
  • Addition to the Dorset Museum that is accessible

Customer Service Accomplishments

  • Updates completed to the Township’s Customer Service Policy
  • Implementation of accessibility training software for employees, including training on the Human Rights Code

Information and Communications Accomplishments

  • Created a guideline document for staff when creating documents and website posting for accessibility
  • Software purchased and staff training on accessible document creation and remediation

Employment Accomplishments

  • Job recruitment ads contain information regarding the opportunity for accessible accommodation during the recruitment process
  • Implementation of an Accommodation and Emergency Response Plan, if required for persons requiring accessible accommodations.
  • Review of the Accommodation and Emergency Response Plan, if required for persons requiring accessible accommodations

Design of Public Spaces Accomplishments

  • Accessible pavilion completed at the Oxtongue Lake Community Centre
  • Accessible picnic tables installed throughout Township parks
  • Accessible privy installed at Big Hawk Lake access point
  • New playground equipment and accessible privies/pathways installed at Stanhope Park
  • Outdoor walking path constructed to accessible standards to connect to the redesigned Dorset Park.
  • Outdoor pathways improved to provide better accessibility at the Dorset Tower.
  • Nine accessible picnic tables installed at the Oxtongue Lake Community Centre
  • Installation of an accessible vault privy at Little Hawk Lake Access point
  • Addition to the Dorset Museum (accessible)

Our goal at the Township is to meet and surpass customer service expectations while serving people with disabilities. We welcome and appreciate all comments on our delivery of service, as it helps us identify areas where improvements can be made. Feedback may be provided in person, by telephone or fax, in writing or by email. Download a printable version of our Feedback Form, and return it to the address below. Forms are also available at the Township office. 

2018-2020 Joint Accessibility Plan and other information (Joint planning with the County of Haliburton)
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (Ministry of Community and Social Services)

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