The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law in December, 2013. This landmark legislation outlines a clear and proactive process to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility. The AMA is the next step to fulfilling government’s vision of full participation and inclusion for all Manitobans.
The AMA affects all Manitobans – individuals confronting barriers every day, as well as those in a position to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility. Accessibility standards are the AMA building blocks to make real, measurable and effective changes to accessibility.
Standards focus on 5 key areas of daily living
- The Customer Service standard addresses business practices and training requirements to provide better customer service to people with disabilities. Learn more about accessible customer service.
- The Employment Accessibility standard will address practices related to employee recruitment, hiring and retention.
- The Information and Communications standard will address barriers to accessing information – information provided in print, in person, on websites or in other formats.
- The Built Environment standard will deal with access to those areas outside the jurisdiction of The Manitoba Building Code, such as sidewalks, pathways, parks and other aspects of the environment that we design and construct.
- The Transportation standard will apply to public transportation to address barriers Manitobans might encounter while getting to work or school, shopping, socializing and other aspects of daily life.
Each standard will outline specific requirements and timelines for organizations that have a responsibility to eliminate barriers. Non-compliance may result in administrative fines and penalties.
Manitoba government is working with representatives from the disability community, as well as public and private sector organizations to develop accessibility standards.
Read the legislation:
- The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (PDF)
- The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (Word)