Accessible City: Edmonton, AB

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The City of Edmonton is making accessibility a priority in all areas. Three of the City of Edmonton’s six 10-year strategic goals specifically address improving accessibility for its citizens. ‘The Way we Move’, ‘The Way we Grow’, and ‘The Way we Live’ strategies outline ways in which Edmonton is striving to become a “caring, inclusive and affordable” community.

The City of Edmonton shows collaborative leadership and is doing great work to help incentivize private businesses to increase access.

History, vision & strategy
  • Created the ‘Home for Life’ educational initiative
  • Passed three municipal policies on accessibility
  • Created the “Annex H Accessible Playground Standard’
  • Completed the ‘Complete Streets Guideline’ for planning and design of their transportation system
  • Actioned three of six strategic goals in “The Way Ahead” Strategic Plan (‘The Way we Move’, ‘The Way we Grow’, and ‘The Way we Live’) to deal with public accessibility
What are they doing?

The City of Edmonton created and maintains a number of accessibility-related programs, projects and initiatives such as:

  • An Accessibility Advisory Committee that includes 15 members with disabilities or with extensive disability experience
  • Consultation with disability-related organizations on specific issues
  • Barrier-free best practice design checklist
  • “Measuring Up” Initiative to encourage private businesses to measure levels of accessibility
  • “Incline to Include’ program for inaccessible storefronts
  • Annual Mayors Awards to recognize local businesses and developers for creating accessible environments
  • “Stewarding Great Neighbourhoods” project for inclusive neighbourhood planning
  • “Winter Cities Design Guidelines for design and maintenance in snow
  • Workshops, resource fairs, internal staff training

 

Places of note
  • Rogers Place
  • The Steadward Centre
  • The Walterdale Theatre
Accessibility resources