The public sector includes organizations that are connected to the government.  They include Crown Corporations, regional health authorities, school divisions, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, and government agencies, boards and commissions. 

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act calls on public sector organizations to demonstrate leadership in addressing accessibility barriers in policies and practices.

Public Sector organizations must meet all the Customer Service Standard requirements of businesses and non-profit organizations  and have two additional requirements.

Compliance deadlines are:

  • November 2016 for The Government of Manitoba
  • November 2017 for larger public sector organizations
  • November 2018 for smaller public sector organizations

Larger public sector organizations include the Manitoba government, universities and colleges, school divisions, Crown corporations, regional health authorities and Manitoba’s 10 largest municipalities: Brandon, Dauphin, Flin Flon, Morden, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler and Winnipeg.

Smaller public sector organizations are all other municipalities and agencies, boards and commissions. 

The Public Sector must also create Accessibility Plans.  The goal is to ensure Manitobans of all abilities have full access to programs and services designed to meet the public’s needs. 

Compliance deadlines are:

  • December 2016 for the Government of Manitoba
  • December 2017 for all public sector organizations

These plans must be updated every two years.

Many businesses and non-profit organizations have also chosen to create plans.  Under the law this is not mandatory however, if they elect to create a plan, there is no deadline.

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