Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee

Consultation - Accessibility Plan

The Municipality of the County of Kings and the Villages of Aylesford, Canning, Cornwallis Square, Greenwood, Kingston, New Minas and Port Williams want to ensure that all area residents have fair and appropriate access to Municipal and Village services.

From October 12 to November 12, we invited residents to share their feedback on accessibility in the Municipality and Villages to identify what works, what doesn’t, and how things can be improved. These community insights will be used to help shape the creation of an Accessibility Plan for the Municipality and the Villages. This plan is due to be completed by April 1, 2022.

This Accessibility Plan will be the first of its kind for the Municipality and the Villages, and will be used to shape decision-making for improving access to services, transportation, buildings, sidewalks, parks, trails, and other infrastructure owned or operated by the Municipality, the Villages, and the Kings Transit Authority.

To share your ideas for improving accessibility:
  • Take the Online Survey - Completed
  • In-person community pop-up conversations, taking place between October 24 - 27. These locations included
    • New Minas Atlantic Superstore
      • 8-11 AM on Monday October 25th
      • 9064 Commercial St, New Minas, NS B4N 3E4
    • Sobeys Kingston (Greenwood) (tentative)
      • 4-6 PM on Tuesday October 26th
      • 720 Central Ave, Kingston, NS B0P 1R0
    • The Great Devour! Community Supper
      • 1-5 PM on Sunday October 24th
      • 360 Main Street Wolfville

As much as possible, engagement opportunities have been organized to respect the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the Municipality and the Villages to improve accessibility to the services they provide in our communities, it’s very important that we hear from those residents who are facing accessibility challenges and their families, so we can address the issues they are facing directly. This engagement process has been designed to provide multiple opportunities for the public to share their insights and experience, and to provide practical direction for meeting the needs of those who are living with disabilities.

The Accessibility Plan development process was launched in September 2021 and will conclude by April 1, 2022. The first phase of engagement runs from now until November 12 and includes an online survey, interviews and ongoing workshops with the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee, and in-person engagement opportunities. The second phase will take place from mid-November 2021 to the end of January 2022, offering a chance for the project team to check back with the community to ensure their insights have been captured effectively.

The full project timeline can be seen below:

September 2021:
Development of the Accessibility Plan Initiated

October 2021:
Online Survey Launched: October 12 – November 12
In-person Engagement Activities: October 24 – 27

November 2021:
Community Feedback Analysis

December 2021:
Prepare Draft Accessibility Plan

January 2022:
Public Review of Draft Plan: January 6 – 14
Finalize Accessibility Plan: January 31

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On the 19th March, 2021 the Municipality of the County of Kings and the Villages of Aylesford, Canning, Cornwallis Square, Greenwood, Kingston, New Minas and Port Williams came together to form the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Purpose of the Committee
  • The Committee’s purpose is to provide advice to Municipal Council and the Village Commissions on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to access faced by people living with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities.
  • The Committee will play a pivotal role in helping the Municipality and the Villages to become accessible communities that comply with Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act (2017).
What is the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act?
  • The Act defines a disability as a physical, mental, intellectual, learning or sensory impairment, including an episodic disability that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual’s full and effective participation in society.
  • The Accessibility Act and the Municipality and the Villages recognize accessibility as a human right, and have set a goal to make Nova Scotia and the Kings Region accessible to all before 2030 by preventing and removing barriers that restrict people from fully participating in society.
Who is on the Committee?
The Committee consists of sixteen (16) voting members and includes:
  • One (1) member of Municipal Council, who is also a member of the Kings Transit Authority Board of Directors, and one member from each of the seven (7) Village Commissions; and
  • Eight (8) members of the public who either live with disabilities, or who work or volunteer with organizations that work with people living with disabilities.
  • There must be at least one member of the public from each of the three areas indicated on this map. If no applications are received from one of the three areas, an applicant from another part of the Municipality may be appointed to represent that area. Applicants who work or volunteer with organizations that work with people living with disabilities may be from any area of the Municipality.

For more information about this Committee, including a list of current members and access to meeting agendas and minutes, please go to the Boards and Committees page and select “Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee” from the drop-down menu for External Committees. Then click on the “View” button.

Following are links to more information about the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act and the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee:

Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate

October 6, 2020 Report to Council: Options for Accessibility Advisory Committee (refer to page 28)

December 15, 2020 Report to Committee of the Whole: Approval to form Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee with Villages (refer to page 48)

Intermunicipal Service Agreement between the Municipality of the County of Kings and the Villages to form a Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee

Following are links to Municipality By-Laws and Policies governing Committees of Council:

By-law 54 Nominating Committee

By-law 102 Committees Governance

Policy ADMIN-01-002 Citizen Appointments to Boards and Committees

Policy ADMIN-01-016 Administration of Standing and Advisory Committees of Council

Policy FIN-05-002 Councillor and Committee Remuneration