Exhibition Place Continues its Commitment to Accessibility
The new multi-year plan builds upon a strong foundation of exceeding stakeholders’ accessibility needs
TORONTO (Dec 14, 2018) – Furthering its commitment to ensuring Exhibition Place is responsive to the accessibility needs of its guests, Canada’s largest entertainment venue has released the Exhibition Place Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2019-2025. This plan coupled with an enhanced focus on serving the needs of customers demonstrates Exhibition Place’s goals to continuously improve and be open to all.
As a City of Toronto public agency, Exhibition Place welcomes 5.5 million visitors to the grounds annually. Echoing the City’s motto “diversity our strength”, Exhibition Place is keen to ensure that all who visit the grounds are afforded the same access. It is through this belief held in the organization’s core values that it fully supports the mission of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) by working closely with members of the community to identify barriers and work to improve or alleviate them at the grounds. This seven year plan also exceeds the government’s normal requirements for a five year plan allowing Exhibition Place to align itself with the Province’s goal of being accessibly by 2025.
“We are passionate about continuing to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities and becoming a barrier free environment…” said Dianne Young, CEO, Exhibition Place.
Some of Exhibition Place’s new tactics include: the creation of a notice of service disruption on the website when facilities and services are inaccessible; hiring of new Exhibition Place Ambassadors, who themselves have mobility disabilities, as dedicated points of contact for guests attending events at Enercare Centre and Beanfield Centre; making accessible documents available online that can be read by screen readers; ensure emergency, plans and public safety information procedures that consider the needs of individuals with disabilities; updated human rights training made available through in-house continuing professional development.
Guided by its core values: Continuous Improvement; Safe Environment; Respect for People; Place-Making; and Stewardship, and under the execution of the Exhibition Place AODA Implementation Team, the Exhibition Place Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2019-2025 builds upon the foundation previously by the last multi-year plan to ensure that the needs of employees and visitors are met. By including employees with disabilities or who care for people with disabilities in AODA meetings and planning sessions, Exhibition Place is better able to identify and remove barriers.
To learn more about Exhibition Place’s multi-year accessibility plan, please visit the Accessibility section of the Exhibition Place website.
About Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment and convention site, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Exhibition Place boasts the award-winning, LEED Gold Enercare Centre; Canada’s largest exhibition and convention centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading edge green technologies and practices across the site.