During today’s AccessAbility Day virtual celebrations, Mayor Jim Watson announced that the City was joining the Canadian Accessibility Network, part of Carleton University’s READ Initiative (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design).

The Canadian Accessibility Network focuses on five overarching domains:

  • Community engagement
  • Education and training
  • Employment
  • Policy
  • Research, design and innovation.

As a member, the City will choose an area of focus and partner with organizations interested in the same work. The City will benefit from collaborating and exchanging knowledge with organizations like postsecondary institutions, not-for-profit organizations, service providers, associations and foundations, and public and private industry.

The City hopes to work towards a variety of goals with fellow Canadian Accessibility Network partners:

  • Improve service through innovation to meet the needs of the community
  • Invest in the professional development of the City’s current and future leaders
  • Attract talent from across Canada
  • Position the City as an inclusive employer of choice
  • Improve the safety, accessibility, culture, social and physical well-being for vulnerable residents, creating an inclusive city for all
  • Be a leader in accessible and sustainable designs

AccessAbility Day is celebrated annually by the City during National AccessAbility Week. It’s an opportunity to connect with residents, share successes and get feedback on emerging issues.


“Joining the Canadian Accessibility Network will position the City as a leader in accessibility and help us provide service that meets the needs of the entire community.. This partnership will broaden the knowledge and expertise of our employees on accessibility-related issues and advance our efforts of creating an inclusive City for all.” – Mayor Jim Watson