Accessiblity During COVID-19

COVID-19 can present new barriers, especially for people with disabilities.

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Manitoba Access Awareness Week June 14 to 20, 2020

The Manitoba government has proclaimed June 14 to 20, 2020 Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW).  Manitoba celebrates MAAW annually to raise awareness about accessibility issues that affect people with disabilities and many others. This year, the focus is on accessible employment and customer service during COVID-19.  

More information about MAAW activities, webinar, and toolkit download

Manitoba Access Awareness Week

Introducing Manitoba’s Accessibility Standard for Employment

Enacted on May 1, 2019, Manitoba’s Accessibility Standard for Employment is the second standard under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.  Its purpose is to remove and prevent barriers that affect current and potential members of Manitoba’s labour force. 

Safety comes first!  All employers are required to create workplace emergency response information to help employees with disabilities stay safe during emergencies by May 1, 2020. 

Learn more about the new Accessibility Standard for Employment and what it means for you.


Accessible Customer Service Tools and Training

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service came into effect for businesses, non-profits and smaller municipalities Nov. 1, 2018.

To meet the requirements of the standard and to create great customer service, the Manitoba Government is pleased to provide user-friendly tools. These include an updated Employers Handbook, a Sample Accessible Customer Service Policy and Checklist, as well as the following training opportunities.  

New online training meets the requirement for organizations that must comply with the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service

Improving accessibility is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do, and it’s the law in Manitoba.

Nearly one in four Manitobans is disabled by barriers where they work, live and play. Barriers to accessibility come at an enormous cost – to persons with disabilities, to their family and friends, to their communities, and also to business. By learning how to eliminate barriers, everyone benefits.

Manitoba is committed to becoming an inclusive society. The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) outlines a clear and proactive process to identify, remove and prevent barriers in key areas of daily living.

Manitoba public sector organizations are taking the lead by developing Accessibility Plans.

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