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Application for Appointment to the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee


The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is to eliminate barriers for people with disabilities. Ontario municipalities with populations of 10,000 or more are required to set up accessibility advisory committees. At least 50% of members are to be persons with disabilities. This ensures that the people most affected by barriers in the community are involved in the identification, removal and prevention of those barriers. In accordance with the AODA, the Councils of the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich and the Region of Waterloo set up the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee (GRAAC) to provide advice on accessibility issues. GRAAC members are appointed by consensus of the area councils and each member serves for a 4-year term (two terms maximum). GRAAC currently meets on the fourth Thursday of each month 1:30 – 4:00 pm at the City of Kitchener office located at 200 King Street West in Kitchener. Please review the Committee’s terms of reference for additional information about purpose and membership. The Terms of Reference is made available on all participating municipalities’ websites. Each member of GRAAC acts as an independent representative to GRAAC and does not represent the concerns of only one disability or group.

Instructions for filling out the GRAAC Application

Need help? If you need assistance completing the application, contact one of the members of the Staff Support Team listed on the last page of the application. The application is also available in alternate formats upon request.

Be detailed. The more information you provide on your application, the better. Including as many details in each section as possible on your application will help the Staff Support Team to properly rank your application for membership.

Be patient. Once you submit the application, the Staff Support Team reviews it and makes a recommendation to each of the seven municipal councils that GRAAC advises. You will be notified of the outcome of your application after all seven councils have reviewed it. This process may take upwards of three months.

Privacy: Personal information on this form is collected under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in order to determine suitability for appointment to the Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee and for the Committee’s administrative purposes. Questions regarding the collection of personal information should be directed to the below noted City of Kitchener Accessibility Support Staff member.