We would like to ask for your help in making our community a safer and more accessible place for all individuals with mobility problems.
Almost 2 million Ontario residents (all ages) have mobility problems. In Elgin County, over 8,000 residents have mobility problems, half of which are 65 years or older. While these individuals make up a significant portion of the general population, many buildings are made without considering their special needs.
The Thumbs Up committee has developed a program that is intended to raise awareness about safety and accessibility issues concerning public buildings in our community.
The Thumbs Up program’s focus is to recognize businesses and services within a community, that have made an effort to be accessible, safe and user friendly for individuals with mobility problems. It is a positive and voluntary program and a Thumbs Up window decal is awarded after a spot check has been completed and the necessary requirements are found to be present. In order to pass the spot check, the premise inspected must meet the standard for being accessible to all who have mobility or visual problems of any kind, so as to enable them to enter, move about and leave safely. Businesses and services that have been awarded a decal are asked to place it so that it is visible to the public.
It is our hope that you will see the value in this program. As of 2025, the Ontario Government will have in place standards to make Ontario a safe, accessible Province. The coming of the new regulations make it even more important to start making changes now.
the "Thumbs Up" places in your neighbourhood