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Press Release
(For immediate release)

Little Brook, NS – April 4, 2022: The Municipality of the District of Clare’s Accessibility Advisory Committee is launching an online survey to gather community feedback on accessibility barriers and challenges within Clare.

Click here to access the survey.

The committee is in the process of preparing an accessibility plan, which it will submit later this spring. The information gathered in the survey will help shape the actions and recommendations indicated in the plan, which will help the Municipality of Clare become an accessible community by 2030.

“We want to hear from people who are directly and indirectly affected by accessibility barriers in our municipality,” says committee Chair Nadine Comeau, who also represents District 7 on Municipal Council. “The public’s guidance will help the Municipality of Clare set its priorities for accessibility.”

During its mandate, the Accessibility Advisory Committee is committed to ensure equal access and participation for all people, regardless of their abilities, and to allow them to maintain their dignity and independence. It also aims to identify, remove and prevent accessibility barriers within Clare by meeting the requirements of Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act.

Members of Clare’s Accessibility Advisory Committee are community members Trudy Bengivenni, Edwin Deveau and Lonnie McNeill, councillors Nadine Comeau and Brian Comeau, Deputy Warden Eric Pothier and the municipality’s Accessibility Coordinator Tori Comeau.

According to Statistics Canada, 30 per cent of Nova Scotians aged 15 years and older identify as having at least one disability, the largest percentage of any Canadian province. It is also estimated that by 2030 the percentage of Nova Scotians older than 65 will reach 25 per cent. The Nova Scotia Accessibility Act was passed in 2017, setting a goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030 and ensuring that every Nova Scotian can participate in our society.

Clare residents have until Monday, April 25, to complete the survey, which can be found here. Paper copies of the survey can also be obtained by contacting the municipal office at 902-769-2031.

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Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

Media Contact / Interviews:
Nadine Comeau
Chair, Accessibility Advisory Committee
Municipality of Clare
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Tori Comeau
Accessibility Coordinator
Municipality of Clare
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