Accessibility Plan: 2012 - 2017

Section 7: Status and Update of Regional Operations

Community Services

  • Supports and advances the well-being of individuals, families and communities of Niagara
  • Provides encouragement and support to enable individuals and families to maximize potential to achieve their life goals
  • Enhances residents' quality of life and social well-being by providing a spectrum of integrated programs and partnerships
  • Improves facility accessibility, promotes independence and enhances the quality of life for residents by replacing fire alarm systems with visual strobes for persons with hearing disabilities at Rapelje Lodge, Deer Park Villa Long Term Care Home and Deer Park Villa Suites; redeveloped Deer Park Villa Long Term Care Home in line with Facilities Accessibility Design Standards; and updgraded access to outdoor spaces with automatic door openers at Northland Pointe (2015) and Rapelje Lodge (2017)
  • Maintains and provides accessible resident care equipment including specialized beds, specialized bathing systems and resident assisted lift systems
  • Provides orientation training for all new staff including the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Corporate Services

  • Provides support services to Regional departments and policy advisory services to both Regional Council and staff
  • Manages Regionally owned and operated public facilities
  • Provides legal services to Regional Council and departments
  • Assists Regional departments to become more productive through the use of information technology, systems and support
  • Acts as agent on behalf of the 12 local area municipalities and has established administration and courtrooms to deal with charges laid under the Provincial Offences Act
  • Through the guidance of committee and Council, the department is dedicated to the development of strategic human capital initiatives, programs, services and expertise for approximately 3000 employees in the areas of employee and labour relations, benefits and pensions, health services, recruitment and retention, training and development, organizational development, compensation and classification
  • Enhances cost effectiveness and efficiencies for taxpayers through shared service initiatives with nine area municipalities and related boards/agencies

Planning and Development

  • Enhances the Niagara community's special characteristics through partnerships
  • Responsible for development, conservation and environmental protection
  • Achieves a higher quality of life for residents and visitors
  • Provides policy direction to Regional Council on the protection of agricultural resources and the development of safe and healthy communities
  • Ensures the annual Accessibility Plan addresses the provincial mandate
  • Advances Council Business Plan themes by providing strategic, innovative and creative corporate communication services
  • Provides support to Regional Council through the Office of the Regional Clerk as well as Council agenda and related materials to the public in various formats
  • Supports planning legislation related to accessibility
  • Provides economic and fiscal planning
  • Incorporates Regional staff sensitivity and awareness training
  • Promotes FADS to business and industry contacts
  • Promotes awareness of the consumer power of persons with disabilities

Public Health

  • Niagara Region Public Health is committed to the public health needs of our community. We demonstrate this commitment through health protection, disease prevention, health promotion, and injury prevention programs.
  • Through our team of skilled health professionals, we work closely with our community to improve the social and physical environments where we live, learn, work, and play so residents can reach their full health potential

Public Works

  • Provides safe potable water
  • Ensures effective and safe treatment of sewage
  • Manages the Waste Management Program in Niagara Region
  • Develops and maintains a regional road network
  • Road design and construction
  • Road crossing protection and assistance
  • Long, intermediate and short term transportation plan
  • Inter-municipal specialized transit service

Economic Development

  • Mandated to carry out activities to advance the economic prosperity of the Niagara community
  • Designed to bring a more focused, strategic approach to the goals of creating jobs and working together with municipal and private sector partners
  • Provides effective, innovative services to promote investment and visitation and provides business support services to attract, maintain, and increase jobs in Niagara

Section 8: Status and Updates by Other Organizations and Agencies Section 6: Plan Development Working Group

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