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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022 - Registration Open  

The Manitoba Accessibility Office and Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association are pleased to be co-hosting an online celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The aim of the Day is to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. See the IDPD Event Page for details and registration.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Free Webinar Thursday, December 1st from 2 to 3:30 pm CST Registration and more information: AccessibilityMB.ca

Read the IDPD Proclamation (PDF)



The Minister's Annual Update 2022: Implementing Recommendations from the Accessibility Advisory Council's Five-Year Review of the Accessible Customer Service Standard for the period October 2021 to October 2022 is available online.

Minister's Annual Update 2022 (PDF)

2021 Accessibility Standard for Customer Service Five-Year Review: Status of Recommendations at September 30 2022 (WORD)



The latest edition of Accessibility News has been published. Read the electronic newsletter:



2021/22 Minister’s Annual Report: The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA)

Each year the Minister responsible for Accessibility releases an Annual Report on AMA implementation.

Read the 2021/22 Minister’s Annual Report (PDF)


The Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications is Now Law in Manitoba

On May 1, 2022, the Accessibility Standard for Information and Communication became the third standard under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act.

Learn more about the Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications

New - Why Make Your Print & Digital Documents Accessible? (WORD)

New - Why Make Your Print & Digital Documents Accessible? (PDF)

New - General Directions for Creating Accessible PDFs (WORD)

New - General Directions for Creating Accessible PDFs (PDF)

New - Accessible Excel Document Checklist (WORD)

New - Accessible Excel Document Checklist (PDF)

New - Tips for Creating Accessible Word Documents (WORD)

New - Tips for Creating Accessible Word Documents (PDF)

New - MAO Reminder List – Accessible Word Documents (WORD)

New - MAO Reminder List – Accessible Word Documents (PDF)



2021 Accessibility Standard for Customer Service Five-Year Review

The 2021 Accessibility Standard for Customer Service Five-Year Review: Status of Recommendations at June 2022 is available online.

June 2022 – Second Quarter Status Update – Implementation of 5-Year Review Recommendations (PDF)


New Online Learning Portal

The Manitoba government encourages organizations to meet their employee accessibility training requirements by completing standard-specific learning modules on its new online learning portal. Complete this free training anytime from anywhere.

Plain language content explains the requirements of the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service, with examples on how to achieve compliance, tips for best practices, and useful resources. Signify employee compliance with a certificate upon completion of the module.  

To access the online learning portal, visit:  AMALearningMB.ca.

Stay tuned for the LMS version (Learning Management Software) and a second module to support training for the Accessibility Standard for Employment.



Manitoba Accessibility Fund (MAF)

The Manitoba government is proud to announce the launch of the new Manitoba Accessibility Fund.

This accessibility grants program will be designed in the coming months, following research and consultations with key stakeholders. Information relating to selection criteria, the intake process, and more will be announced in subsequent months.

Stay tuned for further details, including by subscribing to Accessibility News.

View the Manitoba government News Release: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=51111



Accessibility during COVID-19

Increasing numbers of Manitobans will receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the coming months.  Nevertheless, safety measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and the return to work can present new barriers, especially for people with disabilities.

Learn more about accessible service, keeping employees safe, the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities, as well as tips, tools, & resources.

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

View more information about Accessibility during COVID-19



Customer Service Standard Regulation Public Consultation & Review

The Accessibility Advisory Council hosted two online consultations on May 13, 2021 to hear from Manitobans about their experiences with the Customer Service Standard Regulation, the first accessibility standard established under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.

The Council sought to understand how Manitobans face barriers to customer service, including how the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service affects Manitobans and their workplaces, universities, organizations or businesses.

Learn more about the Five-Year Review of the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service at Engage MB



Manitoba Government Accessibility Plan and Policies

The Manitoba Government Accessibility Plan (MGAP) (PDF) is the two-year plan for improving accessibility in departments across government. Departments, units and other entities within government may have additional policies and practices to ensure access to their particular services. For information about additional policies and practices, contact the department directly. Contact information can be found through the government contact page at www.gov.mb.ca/contact.


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Manitoba Accessibility Awards (MBAA)

The Manitoba Accessibility Awards recognize leaders in our communities who have shown their commitment to inclusion and equity for Manitobans with disabilities.

Congratulations to the 2020 MBAA Winners!

  • Large business – Winnipeg Airports Authority, Winnipeg;
  • Small business – Red Apple, Stonewall;
  • Urban non-profit organization – Gateway Church, Winnipeg;
  • Rural non-profit – Woodlands Pioneer Museum, Woodlands;
  • Large municipality – City of Selkirk; and
  • Small municipality – Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach.

All MBAA 2020 resources, including the webinar recording, PowerPoint, and transcript are now available online!

View more information about the Manitoba Accessibility Awards