Issue 9 | June 2019

Manitoba Access Awareness Week

Free Learning Event, June 4, 2019

To celebrate Manitoba Access Awareness Week (proclaimed June 2nd – 8th) Manitoba’s Disabilities Issues Office is pleased to host a half-day training event, in collaboration with the Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association.  The aim of the event is to help Manitoba employers meet the employee safety requirements of The Accessibility Standard for Employment by May 1, 2020.

You will learn:

Register before noon June 3rd to attend in-person from 9:00 am to Noon at the Viscount Gort Hotel. Or to attend remotely, register to stream the event online by webinar.

Two-Year Accessibility Plan Released 

The Minister of Families, Honourable Heather Stefanson, has issued a two-year plan to highlight the activities that government will undertake in the next 24 months to advance accessibility. Future actions are identified in strategic areas, such as:

  • The accessibility standard development process
  • Government leadership
  • Public awareness, and
  • Accountability

The two-year plan also identifies compliance under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) as a strategic area for action.  Manitoba will implement a progressive approach to achieve compliance and enforcement of the requirements under accessibility legislation.  

This progressive approach aims to reduce the use of punitive enforcement actions and decisions.  The approach places particular attention on the concept of “educating into compliance.”


What is “educating into compliance?” 

Educating into compliance means providing support to organizations in ways that best encourage and promote their compliance with the AMA, its standards and deadlines. The approach includes targeted outreach, awareness raising and developing and refining tools, resources and training that are tailored for each sector (e.g.: municipalities and other public sector organizations, and private and non-profit sector organizations).

Your Opinion Matters

The Accessibility Advisory Council (Council) is pleased to present its recommendations for an accessibility standard for information and communications and invites your feedback on its discussion paper with initial recommendations for this standard (PDF) (Word)

Please send your comments by June 30, 2019 to

Accessibility Toolkit

Learn about the Accessibility Standard for Employment with the following three tools:

  • The Introduction to Manitoba’s Accessibility Standard for Employment (PDF) (Word).
  • For more details about how to meet the safety requirements of employees with disabilities by May 1, 2020, see the Workplace Emergency Response Information Toolkit (PDF) (Word).
  • To help start a discussion about accommodations in your workplace, distribute or post on a bulletin board: Discussing Accessibility in the Workplace Poster (PDF) (Word).


Free Workshop 

June 12, 2019

The Disabilities Issues Office holds monthly workshops for employers to learn how to meet the requirements of the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service.

Register now to learn how you can develop policies and practices to comply with Manitoba’s accessibility law. For information about workshops held outside Winnipeg, please contact the DIO.

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Disabilities Issues Office
630 - 240 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0J7
Phone: 204-945-7613
Toll free: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7613 

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