The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law in December 2013. This landmark legislation provides a process to remove barriers affecting people with disabilities and many other citizens. The Manitoba government is committed to achieving significant accessibility progress by 2023.

The AMA affects all Manitobans – people who confront barriers every day, as well as those in a position to identify, remove, and prevent barriers to accessibility. To develop accessibility standards, the Manitoba government is working with representatives from the disability community, as well as the public and private sectors.

Accessibility standards are building blocks for making real, measurable, and effective changes to accessibility. Each standard will outline specific requirements and timelines for organizations that have a responsibility to comply with the AMA.

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Manitoba’s accessibility standards focus on 5 key areas of daily living

  1. The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service addresses business practices and training requirements to provide better customer service to people with disabilities. It is now law.

  2. The Accessibility Standard for Employment addresses practices related to employee recruitment, hiring, and retention.

  3. The Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications addresses barriers to accessing and providing information. This includes information provided in print, in person, on websites, or in other formats.

  4. The Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spacesfocuses on access to areas outside the jurisdiction of The Manitoba Building Code. This includes sidewalks, pathways, parks, and other aspects of the environment that we design and construct.

  5. The Accessibility Standard for Transportation applies to public transportation to address barriers Manitobans might encounter while getting to work or school, shopping, socializing and other aspects of daily life.


AMA Resources

  1. The Accessibility for Manitobans Act(PDF Version) (Word Version)
  2. Regulation for Designated Public Sector (PDF Version) (Word Version)
  3. Introducing The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (PDF Version) (Word Version)
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (Word Version)