“We understand the need for meeting AODA compliancy standards to ensure that our facility is accessible for all community members. Now more than ever, our mission is to ensure that everyone in the community can enhance their health, mind, body and spirit through barrier-free participation at the YMCA of Oakville,” said Kyle Barber, CEO of the Peter Gilgan YMCA of Oakville.
Specifically, the $51,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant will help the facility retrofit and automate 13 doors, ensure safe and accessible entry to program areas, washrooms and change rooms on the main and second floors of the building and replace exit signage.
The retrofits will help members, especially those with mobility challenges and visual impairment, safely access all program areas and exits, helping to remove potential barriers to physical activity and promote health and fitness, stated a YMCA news release.
“The YMCA is very important to the people of Oakville,” said MPP Stephen Crawford. “As we recover from the effects of a worldwide pandemic, government’s investment will help not only the YMCA, but it will make a significant difference in the health and emotional well-being of the Oakville community.”