CNE Making Canada’s Largest Fair a Leader in Accessibility and Inclusivity
CNE Acting on Recommendations of the Advisory Council on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
May 17 – Toronto, ON – The Board of Directors of the Canadian National Exhibition is acting on the recommendations of the Advisory Council on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The CNE is striving to improve accessibility at Canada’s largest fair for all guests. By implementing these recommendations the CNE will continue to work towards ensuring that all guests and members of the organization are treated fairly and equitably.
“The CNE is announcing a range of new accessibility and inclusivity initiatives that reflect best practices across our city and province,” said Virginia Ludy, CNE CEO. “We thank the Advisory Council for their recommendations. With their support we will position the CNE as a leader in accessibility and inclusivity.”
The initiatives approved by the Board encompass all aspects of the organization, from employment through admissions and customer experience. Beginning in 2018, under the new admissions policy, persons with disabilities with an Access 2 Card or equivalent will receive a 50 per cent discount on their admission. Access2 members will receive free admission for their support person. The current admissions policy remains in effect for 2017, allowing time to educate and inform customers. In addition, to better address affordability issues across all communities, the CNE will distribute 20,000 free admissions through partner organizations during the 2018 season.
“This process has been about improving the overall culture of the CNE as it relates to accessibility and inclusion,” said Bob Stark, Chair of the Advisory Council on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. “The intent of our recommendations is a more inclusive CNE for all and we believe the CNE is well on its way to achieving that objective.”
In 2016, the CNE convened an independent, arms-length Advisory Council made up of representatives of the disability community to review practices related to accessibility and inclusivity, both at the fair and more widely at an organizational level. After extensive public consultation the Council submitted its recommendations to the CNE with unanimous support.