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AccessAbility Day

AccessAbility Day 2017 – EmployAbility

Join Mayor Jim Watson and City Manager Steve Kanellakos for the opening ceremony and proclamation of the 14th annual AccessAbility Day on:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Registration for AccessAbility Day 2017 is now closed.

Please check back next year for information and to register for AccessAbility Day 2018.

Join emcee Marianne Phillips, Director of Human Resources, and guest speakers including:

  • Anna-Karina Tabunar, Film Director, Talent Untapped 
  • Rich Donovan, CEO of The Return on Disability Group.

AccessAbility Day 2017 promises to be informative, engaging and entertaining.

After a networking lunch, participants may attend helpful employment workshops:

  • Workshop #1 - Tips for Applying to Jobs - Hear important tips on how you can improve your job search with employers, including the City of Ottawa. Learn more about the City of Ottawa job application process and online application system.
  • Workshop #2 - Preparing for Interviews - Interviews can be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect. Learn more about interview processes and how you can prepare. We will explore accessibility challenges and strategies to ensure they are inclusive. 
  • Workshop #3 - Workplace Accommodations - Join us to learn about the legislation that guides employers on their duty to accommodate. Understand what kinds of accommodations are available in the workplace and how employees can be supported to reach their full potential. 

To promote the inclusion of all participants, the following disability related supports are in place for the event:

  • American Sign Language and continuous real-time captioning will be provided for the morning presentations;
  • Personal Attendants will be on site for the entire event; and
  • Scent-free venue  

Please indicate any additional disability-related accommodation needs at the time of registration. 

Para Transpo customers may pre-book transportation beginning at noon on Tuesday May 30 for this event. 

The City of Ottawa is a scent-sensitive environment. We ask those who will be attending the event please refrain from using or wearing scented product.


Accessibility by Design Award

What is the Accessibility by Design Award?

The City of Ottawa, in partnership with the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), created this award to recognize an architectural or interior design that facilitates access for persons with disabilities.

This award:

  • Promotes architectural and interior design innovations and vision in lowering barriers and enabling accessibility for all individuals
  • Recognizes significant achievement toward promoting the integration and independence of persons with disabilities, through design
  • Recognizes significant achievement toward promoting community accessibility
  • Creates awareness on the importance of designing buildings that are more easily accessible

Who is Eligible for the Award?

A person, team and/or organization in the architecture, interior design or real property field that has made a significant, innovative contribution to a building structure or design.

How is the Award Winner selected?

The Selection Committee is comprised of individuals from the Celebration of People Steering Committee and may include other invited individuals. The Selection Committee chooses the finalists for each award from amongst the nominations received. All Selection Committee deliberations will remain confidential and decisions are final.

The Accessibility by Design Award is presented at the Celebration of People event each year.

Accessibility by Design Award Winners


André Marcoux, Project Manager, Cleland Jardine Engineering
Vladimir Popovic, Architect, Popovic Routhier Architects Inc.

André Marcoux and Vladimir Popovic transformed a small 50 year old house into a fully accessible 2300 square foot home for six full time residents with developmental disabilities and high physical needs. Through strategic planning and careful consideration of the principles of Universal Design, André and Vladimir addressed the special needs unique to each resident and created a beautiful, fully functional environment to call home.


Delcan Corporation - Sylvain Montminy, Ronald Fournier and Ken Smith

Delcan Corporation was the lead consultant for the planning, design and construction of the Corktown Footbridge, winner of several design awards. Linking Centretown and Sandy Hill across the Rideau Canal, the footbridge meets the highest standards of accessibility, and includes barrier-free integration with the recreational pathways and an innovative switchback ramp. The bridge has made the Rideau Canal even more accessible to all.


Watson MacEwen Architects - Allan Teramura, Matt Siemers, Mike Sirois, Louise Meagher, Catherine Laforce

Watson MacEwen Architects and the Supreme Court of Canada collaborated to bring a new level of barrier-free accessibility to the highest court in the land. The Courtroom Modernization Project included a redesign of the lectern where counsel present to the Justices, so it can be adjusted by hydraulic lift to accommodate the needs of counsel with a disability.


Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects

The award recognized the firm’s architectural innovation for the renovation of the Glebe Community Centre. The project preserved the unique character of the building while creating an inclusive feel to the space from the front entrance to the top floor. The design provides a single, universally accessible main entrance and with the aid of an elevator, the rationalization of floor levels, and one ramped corridor, access is now provided to all levels of the building while preserving its heritage character,”


ema Architects Inc. - Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews of ema Architects Inc. was presented with the award for architectural excellence and innovation in the design of the international ice surface and field house at the Bell Sensplex, Ottawa's first barrier-free multi-sport facility.