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A QUICK INTRO TO THE
O.D.A.
Major Documents
in Chronological Order

Updated March 6, 2005

 

With so much information at this web site on the work towards a strong and effective Ontarians with Disabilities Act, it is helpful to give you a quick short-cut to the major documents which reflect the major milestones on the road to a strong and effective Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

ODA Committee Update dd Oct. 12, 2004 - Major Stride Forward In Our Decade-Long Campaign - Ontario's Liberal Government Today Introduced A New Bill Into The Ontario Legislature For First Reading To Achieve A Barrier-Free Province

ODA Committee Update dd Sept. 29, 2004 - ODA Committee Releases New Four-Page Chronology Of The Ten Year History Of The ODA Movement




ODA Chronology

The Harris Promise Letter dd May 24, 1995

The text of the first Ontario Legislature ODA resolution May 16, 1996

Results of the Lou Harris Poll (March 1997) covering the, public perception of barriers faced by people with disabilities; awareness of laws governing the removal, or prevention, of these barriers; and, public attitudes towards the introduction of possible new legislation to address these barriers.

Making Ontario Open For People With Disabilities: A Blueprint For A Strong And Effective Ontarians With Disabilities Act Submitted to the Ontario Legislature by the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee dd April 22, 1998

The major ODA "Blueprint" Brief, delivered to the Legislature April 22, 1998

Ontario Government's Discussion Paper on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Jul 13, 1998

ODA Committee's Presentation to the Ontario Government's ODA Consultation, Aug 4, 1998

Ontario Legislature's Second Resolution (adopting the 11 principles) on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act dd Oct 29, 1998

Bill 83 introduced November 23, 1998 and died on the order paper, Dec 17, 1998

ODA Committee's response to Bill 83

March 15, 1999 letter from NDP Leader to ODA Committee setting out their party's election commitment on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act

March 26, 1999 letter from Liberal Party Leader to ODA Committee setting out their party's election commitment on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act

April 22, 1999 pre-election Throne Speech commitment regarding the Ontarians with Disabilities Act

September 17 1999 ODA Committee letter to Citizenship Minister proposing format for new ODA public consultation process

Excerpt on Ontarians with Disabilities Act from October 21, 1999 throne speech

Text of Legislature's third ODA Resolution passed unanimously, Nov. 23 1999

Introduction to the Roeher Institute's Research Report on the ADA for the Ministry of Citizenship, 1972

The text of the Roeher Institute's Research Report on the ADA


Follow this link to read two of the internal Ministry of Citizenship documents received
by Liberal MPP Steve Peters following his request for disclosure of internal Government
documents regarding the Ontarians with Disabilities Act under the Freedom of Information Act.
This is what the Ontario Government is telling itself internally
about what it committed to, vis vis the Ontarians with Disabilities Act?


RESOLUTIONS PASSED by Ontario Municipalities in Support of a STRONG ODA

The morning of Thursday, November 23, 2000 marks another important milestone on the road to a strong and effective Ontarians with Disabilities Act. At a news conference at Queen's Park, the Ontario Liberal Party released its official Report on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This Report is the result of the 15-city consultation tour which Liberal Member of the Legislature Steve Peters conducted in March of 2000.

ODA Committee Year End Report 2000 dd Jan 3, 2001

Details of the Ontario Government's Public Opinion Poll on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (update dd Jan 10, 2001

Letter to the new Citizenship Minister, Cam Jackson including a Backgrounder on the ODA detailing who the ODA Committee is, why the ODA is needed, what the government has done to date, what resources are available to help him, and what challenges he faces in tackling this new assignment.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission 2001 Policy Guidelines on Disability POLICY AND GUIDELINES ON DISABILITY AND THE DUTY TO ACCOMMODATE (about 30 pages in length)
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/disability-policy.shtml


ODA Committee Update dd Jun 23, 2001 about the
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship Business Plan 2001-2002

Text of the Ontario Government's New ODA Bill 125

ODA Bill index page

ODA Committee's Brief to Legislature's Standing Committee
Summary of Submissions on Bill 125 to Standing Committee
ODA Bill 125
Government Announcements & Statements about Bill 125
Hansards relating to Bill 125
ODA Committee Analysis of Bill 125
ODA Committee Proposed Amendments to Bill 125
News Releases/Updates on Bill 125
Public Comments on Bill 125 (includes media coverage)
Action Alerts re Bill 125
Correspondence with Government on Bill 125

ODA Committee's Brief to Legislature's Standing Committee

ODA Committee Brief on Bill 125

Ontario Government Made 13 Important Commitments to Ontarians With Disabilities during Fall of 2001
Conservative Government's 13 Commitments to Ontarians With Disabilities

Appendices to the ODA Committee Brief on Bill 125

Appendices:

Appendix 1
Analysis of Bill 125
Appendix 2
Government Statements Which Prove The Need For A Mandatory, Independently
Enforceable, And Comprehensive ODA
Appendix 3
Draft Strategic Plan For Previous Ontario Advisory Council On Disability Issues

Appendix 4
The Record Of Ontario Government Commitments On The ODA
Appendix 5
The 11 Principles For The ODA Resolution Unanimously Passed By The Ontario Legislature October 29, 1998

Appendix 6
ODA Committee's Blueprint For The ODA
Appendix 7
Column On ODA By Retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Cory
Appendix 8
Column On The ODA By The Late Chief Justice Of Canada, Brian Dickson

ODA Committee Proposed Amendments to Bill 125

Presentation by the ODA Committee to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs - Hearings on Bill 125 dd Dec 5, 2001

Liberal Party Tables Package Of Proposed Amendments To Strengthen Bill 125
With Standing Committee On Finance And Economic Affairs
dd Dec. 10/01

NDP Tables Package Of Proposed Amendments To Bill 125 With Standing
Committee On Finance And Economic Affairs dd Dec 10, 2001

Ontario Government Tables Package Of Proposed Amendments To Bill 125 With
Standing Committee On Finance And Economic Affairs dd Dec 11, 2001

Proceedings of Standing Committee on Finance on Bill 125
The Ontario Legislature referred Bill 125 to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs for public hearings. That Committee dealt with Bill 125 from November 29, 2001 until December 11, 2001. Follow this link to read the text of those proceedings.

ODA Committee Brief To Ontario Government On Reform To Disability Access Provisions Of The Ontario Building Code dd Feb 27, 2002

Ontario Government Consultation Paper On The Ontario Building Code's Disability Access Provisions

Download the ODA Committee Brief To The Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee On
Finance And Economic Affairs On Bill 125, The Proposed Ontarians With Disabilities Act
(38 pages)
as a WORD doc
as an RTF file (in Rich Test Format)
as a PDF file (requires Acrobat Reader)
view as HTML

Download the ODA Committee Appendices To The Oda Committee Brief To The Ontario
Legislature's Standing Committee On Finance And Economic Affairs
(56 pages)
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as a PDF file (requires Acrobat Reader)
view as HTML

View or Download a copy of Bill 125 in its final form,
as a WORD document in English or in French
Bill 125 (final) English version
Bill 125 (final) French version

Conservative Government's 13 Commitments to Ontarians With Disabilities added April 13, 2002
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Conservative Government's Statements Setting Out Its 13 Commitments to Ontarians With Disabilities added Apr 13, 2002
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HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICES IN ONTARIO Consultation Report
ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

ODA Committee Send The Citizenship Minister Our Proposed Ontario Government ODA One Year Workplan dd June 14, 2002

Education And Disability: Ontario Human Rights Commission Consultation Paper On
Access To Education For Persons With Disabilities
added July 13, 2002

ODA Committee's Brief to Government's Consultation on Barrier-Free Standards for Ontario Government Buildings dd Dec. 16, 2002

ODA Issue in the 2003 Ontario Provincial Election Campaign

NDP's 2003 election campaign pledge on the ODA dd March 1, 2003

Ontario Liberal Party Unveils 2003 Election Pledge to Enact Strong Effective ODA dd April 8, 2003

ODA Committee Action Kit dd September 2, 2003 -- United To Achieve A Barrier-Free Ontario

ODA Committee Chronology dd Sept. 2, 2003

Election 2003 Political Parties Voting Record Factsheet

Parties' Platforms on the ODA Issue

ODA Committee Election 2003 Leaflet

Discussion Paper On Options For Initial Short-Term Low-Cost Actions To Begin Strengthening Of The Ontarians With Disabilities Act 2001 (Jan 6, 2004)

New ODA Discussion Paper: Putting Teeth Into The Ontarians With Disabilities Act: A Discussion Paper On Options For Creating An Effective Compliance / Enforcement Process For The ODA (June 28, 2004)

ODA Committee Update dd Sept. 29, 2004 - ODA Committee Releases New Four-Page Chronology Of The Ten Year History Of The ODA Movement

ODA Committee Update dd Oct. 12, 2004 - Major Stride Forward In Our Decade-Long Campaign - Ontario's Liberal Government Today Introduced A New Bill Into The Ontario Legislature For First Reading To Achieve A Barrier-Free Province

Captioning notes from the September 11, 2004 ODA Committee London Region's Michael Lewis memorial Symposium on Disability Accessibility Legislation
(Word doc, 333 kb)

ODA Committee Update dd January 26, 2005 - Brief To The Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee On Social Policy On Bill 118, The Proposed Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act

Download Final ODA Committee Brief on Bill 118 (Word doc, size 553 kb)

Download the Table of Contents of the Final ODA Committee Brief on Bill 118 (Word doc, size 37 kb)

 



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