• Accessibility simply means giving people of all abilities opportunities to participate fully in everyday life

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Celebrating Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW) - May 29 to June 4, 2016:
Advancing Accessibility Plans Event, June 1, 2016

The Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) invites all public sector organizations that are preparing Accessibility Plans to join in celebrating Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW) by attending a free half-day advanced training event on:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre
Main Floor, 1808 Wellington Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Registration is at 8:00 am

For more information about MAAW or to register, please visit the Events page

Guy Gordon Presentation (PPT)

Jackie Gruber Presentation (PPT)

Lisa Snider Presentation (PPT)


Accessibility Standard for Customer Service comes into effect November 1, 2015.

Effective November 1, 2015, the Manitoba government is introducing the first of five standards under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act:  The Customer Service Accessibility Standard requires all of Manitoba’s public, private and non-profit organizations with one or more employees to establish and implement measures, policies and practices to remove barriers to customer service.

Customer Service Accessibility Standard (PDF) (Word version)

Learn more about the Customer Service Accessibility Standard

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 six 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 the ir communities, and also to business. By learning how to eliminate barriers, everyone benefits.

Manitoba is committed to becoming an inclusive society. Great progress has already been made in improving accessibility, such as :

  • Sidewalks with curb cuts
  • Inclusive schooling
  • TV closed captioning
  • Audible street signals

Accessibility legislation builds on this progress. The Accessibility for Manitobans Act outlines a clear and proactive process to identify, remove and prevent barriers in key areas of daily living.

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (PDF version) (Word version)

Learn more about the AMA accessibility standards

Public sector organizations must create an Accessibility Plan beginning in 2016. August 2015 News Release. Learn more about accessibility planning.