The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) sets out the responsibilities for the Minister responsible for the AMA, the Accessibility Advisory Council and the Compliance Director.

The Minister responsible for the AMA (Minister):

  • raises awareness of how people are disabled by barriers and promotes the removal and prevention of those barriers
  • oversees the development of accessibility standards and their implementation by affected individuals and organizations
  • ensures those affected are consulted in the development of standards and know their responsibilities
  • prepares an annual plan that outlines activities related to the AMA in that year.
  • Read the 2016-17 Minister’s Annual Plan (PDF) (Word)

Read past plans and reports

Accessibility Advisory Council (Council):

The Accessibility Advisory Council (council) is made up of members of the disability community and affected stakeholders, including representatives of business, municipalities and other organizations. It makes recommendations to the Minister regarding:
  • priorities for accessibility standards, their content and implementation timelines
  • activities of government to improve accessibility
  • long-term accessibility objectives for Manitoba

Summaries of council meetings are public. Read the Council Summaries of Discussion.

The council can establish committees to work on the development of standards for the council’s approval. Committee members are chosen by the council because of their related expertise.

Compliance Director:

The compliance director reports to the Minister responsible for the AMA.  The job description set out in the AMA includes:
  • general administration of the AMA
  • exercising the powers of the director (to ensure compliance)
  • advising the minister about the administration of the AMA and
  • performing any other duties assigned by the Minister

The Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) is the administrative arm of the AMA. It acts as secretary to the Accessibility Advisory Council and its committees. The DIO also develops resources and tools to promote the AMA and offers training to educate obligated sectors about compliance.

Learn more:

Compliance

How Standards are Created