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Advisory Committee


Next Meeting:
Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Location: conestoga room, kitchener city hall 200 king STREET weST, kitchener 

 


Welcome to the Website of the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee

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About GRAAC I Terms of Reference Contact GRAAC I  Staff Contacts


The Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee (GRAAC) first met in January 2004, and remains an active advisory group. It was set up under the Ontarion with Disabilities Act (ODA) to provide vision and direction towards the removal of barriers across the municipalities of Waterloo Region.

The ODA was made law on September 30, 2002 and effects the public sector. Its' purpose was to improve opportunities for people with disabilities and provide for their involvement in the identification, removal, and prevention of barriers to full participation in the life of the province. To view a copy of the ODA, 2001 please click here to be redirected. The Province of Ontario has also adopted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. It is commonly referred to as the AODA and affects both the public and private sectors. To view a copy of the AODA, please click here to be redirected. The ODA will eventually be repealed when all of the regulations under the newer AODA are in place.

Who is GRAAC and what does it do?

The Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee (GRAAC) was created following the ODA, 2001 and is a committee that provides advice to local municipal councils about the identification, prevention and removal of municipal barriers to full citizenship for persons with disabilities. GRAAC advises the Council of the Region of Waterloo, the City of Kitchener, the City of Waterloo, the Township of North Dumfries, the Township of Wellesley and the Township of Woolwich.

About the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee, or GRAAC as it is commonly referred to, is a cross-disability municipal advisory committee, which provides advice to the local municipal Councils of the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo and the Townships of Woolwich, Wellesley, and North Dumfries. Members are chosen for their experience in the field of disability, and are people with disability issues. Members must have a willingness to work within the framework of a municipal advisory committee.

Our Mission

The Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee assists the participation municipalities fulfill the purpose of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by providing vision and advice in regards to the removal of barriers (physical, architectural, technological, attitudinal).

Our Mandate

The authority to establish the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee originated from the provisions of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and will continue to exist under the provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Among our mandated tasks are:

  • Advising councils annually, as required by legislation, regarding the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of the annual accessibility plans of the participating municipalities.
  • Advising participating municipalities on the accessibility of buildings, structures or premises, or part of a building, structure or premises, that the municipalities lease, purchase, construct or significantly renovate.
  • Reviewing site plans and drawings under Section 41 of the Planning Act with regards to barrier-free best practices.
  • Carrying out other functions specified in the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.


GRAAC Terms of Reference

GRAAC Terms of Reference as adopted by the Councils of the participating municipalities in 2007 are available here in Word and as a PDF. If you would like the terms of reference in another format please email GRAAC at graac@kitchener.ca.

GRAAC Terms of Reference word document.

GRAAC Terms of Reference PDF document.

Standing Committees

In addition to striking working groups and ad-hoc committees as needed, GRAAC also has two permanent standing committees for Transportation and Built Environment. Each standing committee is allotted time on the GRAAC agendas as items arise.

Built Environment Committee Terms of Reference Word Document.

Built Environment Committee Terms of Reference PDF Document.

Transportation Committee Terms of Reference Word Document.

Transportation Committee Terms of Reference PDF Document.


Contact GRAAC

Please feel free to contact us with any inquiries at the e-mail addresses provided below. Additionally, we have listed postal addresses and telephone contact details should you wish to contact us by alternate means.

Postal Address:

200 King Street West
P.O. Box 1118, 7th Floor
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 4G7

Telephone: 519-741-2200 Extension 7226

TTY Number: 1-866-969-9994

Fax Number: 519-741-2723

E-Mail: graac@kitchener.ca


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Staff Contacts & Accessibility Links

Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo
Lolita Paroski, Phone 519-741-2200 Extension 7226
TTY Number: 1-866-969-9994, lolita.paroski@kitchener.ca
Click here to visit the City of Kitchener Accessibility Webpage
Click here to visit the City of Waterloo Accessibility Webpage

Region of Waterloo
Vanessa Lopak, Phone 519-575-4757 Extension 3861
TTY Number: 519-575-4608, vlopak@regionofwaterloo.ca
Click here to visit the Region of Waterloo Accessibility Webpage

North Dumfries Township
Julia Sippel, Phone 519-632-8800 Extension 122
TTY: 519-621-9595, jsippel@northdumfries.ca
Click here to visit the Township of North Dumfries Accessibility Webpage

Wellesley Township
Kaitlyn Werth, Phone 519-699-4611, kwerth@wellesley.ca
Click here to visit the Township of Wellesley Accessibility Webpage

Woolwich Township
Julie Forth, Phone 519-669-6010, jforth@woolwich.ca
Click here to visit the Township of Woolwich Accessibility Webpage


The City of Cambridge is not a participant in the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee, they maintain their own accessibility committee known as the Cambridge Accessibility Advisory Committee. For information on their inclusion services please visit this link.