Community Connections

Accessibility for the Upcoming Federal Election

Elections Canada is committed to working with people with varying abilities and providing them with the necessary information needed to vote in the upcoming election on September 20, 2021. Elections Canada has a wealth of information on its website detailing ways to access the vote in the coming days. Here are some resources (both videos are ASL available):

Making the Federal Election accessible

Voting assistance tools and services on election day

Elections Canada is also determined to create an inclusive workforce during the days of voting. To be a part of this year’s federal election workforce, employment application can be sent here.

Halifax Regional Municipality Resident Survey

The Halifax Municipality (HRM) is inviting residents to participate in the 2021 Resident Survey. It is an invitation-based survey being sent to a random selection of households across the municipality, with an option to complete online, by mail, or by telephone.

The HRM is interested in hearing from as many voices and perspectives as possible and are specifically hoping to encourage persons with disabilities to complete the survey if they receive an invitation to participate. Invitations were sent to 20,000 randomly selected households across the municipality, with each district receiving a portion of invitations reflective of its proportion of the total population of the Region. The more responses the municipality have, the better they can understand community-specific needs and preferences and work toward improving and building services and programs to meet them.

The survey runs until September 24, 2021 and is available in French and English.

For more information, please go to

To request a passcode please contact


Supporting mid-career workers with disabilities through community building, education and career-progression resources

For those who are in the middle of their working career and have a disability, you are invited to complete the Mid-Career Workers with Disabilities Survey. Your views are important! This survey is a part of a project called Supporting mid-career workers with disabilities through community building, education and career-progression resources”. Participation in this survey is voluntary and it will take about 15 minutes. There is a consent form for the survey.

This study was approved by the Ontario Tech University Research Ethics Board REB # 15803 on October 2, 2020. Dr. Sue Coffey at Ontario Tech in Oshawa is conducting this study along with Dr. Charles Anyinam at Nipissing University, Prof. Leslie Graham at Durham College, Dr. Celina da Silva at York University and Dr. Lorayne Robertson at Ontario Tech. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Sue Coffey directly by email at or by phone 905-721-8668 x 6509.

If you have any questions about the survey, contact the Research Ethics Board through the Research Ethics Coordinator – (email) or (phone) 905.721.8668 x 3693.



Increased Accessibility on the Great Trails of Canada

A new national partnership between Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow focuses on improving accessibility on The Great Trail of Canada. Canadians will be able to discover barrier-free routes using the AccessNow app, as well as identify areas where barriers still exist so they can be addressed, resulting in increased accessibility.

In Nova Scotia, the Salt Marsh Trail, Atlantic View Trail, and the Trenton Park Trail have been identified as sites that will be evaluated this year. The TCT are looking for people living with disabilities to participate in the project as mappers. The mapper will be paired with a guide and go out on the trail to evaluate the level of accessibility of the trail by entering points, photos, and comments into a collector app.

This is a PAID opportunity! More information about TCT’s program with AccessNow can be read here:


Ryan’s Park – A look at a new NS accessible housing development

The new and coming Ryan’s Park community in Kentville, NS is designed to meet the needs of those living with disabilities. After a Nova Scotian mother, whose son has autism, watched her son’s physical and mental health deteriorate while living in a rehabilitation facility, she decided to make changes herself. Thanks to Susan Harvie, Ryan’s Park will be a new inclusive and accessible housing development in Kentville. The full article can be read here: 


Supporting persons with disabilities live independently in the community

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