The Accessibility Advisory Council (council) advises and makes recommendations for accessibility standards to the Minister responsible for The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA).  It may establish committees to offer further expertise about the different standards.

Public consultations are an important part of accessibility standard development. The council will consult with a variety of organizations of persons with disabilities, organizations with a responsibility to eliminate barriers and the general public.

Steps to create a standard:

  • The Accessibility Advisory Council (council) develops a discussion paper that serves as the basis for public consultations.
  • The public provides its feedback both in-person and electronically.
  • The council uses the public input to prepare a draft standard for the Minister responsible for the AMA (Minister).
  • The Minister considers whether to accept the council’s proposal in whole, in part, or with changes. The Minister makes the council’s proposal public.
  • The government’s response is posted on the DIO’s website for public comment during a 60-day period as required by the AMA.
  • The council reviews the suggested amendments and provides a report for the minister’s consideration
  • The minister makes any final amendments to the proposed standard before it is presented to Cabinet for approval.

The standard is enacted as a regulation and becomes law.

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Leadership Roles under the AMA