March 8, 2007

Ontario Mainstreet Accessibility Awards

Eligibility for the Ontario Mainstreet Accessibility Awards is open to any small business or community within the province of Ontario that has improved service or access for individuals living with a disability. All nominees must provide service within the province of Ontario. The contribution does not have to be in the year previous to the award date.

The awards for 2006 were divided into two categories:

1. Small businesses that have taken measures to
accommodate the needs of people with disabilities
in the areas of customer service and physical
accommodation.

The Small Business category was divided into four groups:

  • under 1,500 sq ft.
  • 1,500 to 3,000 sq ft.
  • 3,000 to 5,000 sq ft.
  • 5,000 to 10,000 sq ft.

An additional award will available to one business that has modified or adapted its working environment to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities as employees.

2. Communities that have taken measures to
accommodate the needs of people with disabilities
who live in or visit their community.

Award Recipients for 2006

Small Business Awards:

  • Under 1,500 sq ft - Healing Force, Stouffville; Bayview Blossoms, Toronto
  • 1,500 to 3,000 sq ft. - The Shepherd's Crook, Georgetown; In Season, Campbellford
  • 3,000 to 5,000 sq ft - Essex Home Hardware Building Centre, Essex
  • 5,000 to 10,000 sq ft. - Giant Tiger, Acton; Young's Pharmacy and Home Care, Georgetown
  • Accessible Working Environment Award - Young's Pharmacy and Home Care, Georgetown

Community Awards:

  • City of Cornwall
  • City of Woodstock
  • Scugog Chamber of Commerce/Port Perry Downtown BIA
  • Town of Huntsville
  • City of North Bay
  • City of Brockville
  • Town of Ajax
  • City of Thunder Bay
  • Regional Municipality of York

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Paul Doig
Communications and Marketing Branch
416-325-5187

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