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Press Release: Toronto Pearson First Airport in Canada to Offer Innovative Technology to Improve Accessibility for Travellers with Sight Loss

Aira, a mobile phone app, provides assistive services to passengers who are blind or low vision July 16, 2019

TORONTO, ONTARIO Today, Toronto Pearson announced it is now offering Aira service, a leading-edge assistive technology, to help travellers with sight loss navigate the airport independently. Using the Aira iPhone or Android mobile phone application, passengers can connect to a specially trained, human agent for navigational assistance as they journey through the airport. Toronto Pearson is the first airport in Canada to offer Aira to its passengers.

Why Your Next Hire Should Be a Person With Disabilities

Anna Sharratt
The Globe and Mail, July 10, 2019

At Wanda’s Pie in the Sky bakery and café in Torontos Kensington Market, owners Wanda and David Beaver work to create a sense of comfort and belonging for their customers and staff. Its why the owners have a policy to hire workers with disabilities, incorporating both hospitality and inclusion into the business.

Artistic Swimming for Athletes with Disabilities

Artistic swimming, formerly called synchronized swimming, is a dynamic sport that requires not only physical fitness but also grace, poise, and confidence. This unique sport has team, duet, and solo events, allowing athletes of all abilities to take part. In this article, we feature a Toronto club that offers programs for athletes with disabilities. The Toronto Synchro Athletes with Disabilities Program gives swimmers with disabilities the chance to discover artistic swimming and develop their skill in the sport.

The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation for Para Cycling Athletes

The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation helps Ontarians with disabilities stay active in their communities through para cycling.

The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation

The foundation is named for its honorary chairperson, Paralympic athlete Shelley Gautier. Gautier, a globally renowned Para cyclist, competed in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic games. Her foundation gives people with disabilities across and beyond Ontario the chance to be involved in recreational sports. Participants can enjoy a healthy lifestyle, travel around their communities, and meet new people while they learn a new sport or rediscover an old one.

The Accessible Canada Act Comes into Force Today – Download and Read the Legislation in English or French

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

July 11, 2019


Today, the Federal Government proclaimed the Accessible Canada Act in force. It was recently passed by the House of Commons and Senate and was given Royal Assent. The law comes into force when the Federal Cabinet so orders. In a news release earlier today, set out below, the Cabinet proclaimed it in force.