Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness
The City of Maple Ridge recognizes that as our community continues to grow so does the need to become more inclusive. As a result of a recently adopted bylaw the Accessibility Advisory Committee now has a new name, an expanded mandate and membership. Previously known as the Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility Issues the Committee is now known as the Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness (MACAI). The updated membership will increase representation from different sectors of the community, including youth, seniors and LGBTQ2S members. MACAI is a joint Committee of the City of Maple Ridge and the City of Pitt Meadows. Interested in getting involved? Contact the Committee Clerk or come check out a meeting to learn more.
Meetings are held at Maple Ridge City Hall on the third Thursday of each month from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Do you have an idea or concern regarding accessibility in our community? Our meetings are open to the public. Come out to a meeting to learn more about the work of the committee and provide your point of view. Or submit your idea or concern directly to Petra Frederick.
The Committee includes up to five local residents, eight representatives from government and community agencies, and representatives of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Councils.
About the Committee
The Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness (MACAI) advises Council on the enhancement of accessibility and inclusivity for present and future citizens. MACAI strives to remove the social, physical and psychological barriers that prevent people from fully participating in all aspects of community life. The committee's focus is to create equal access in the areas of employment, education, housing, transportation and recreation. Projects include sensitivity training for municipal staff and residents to create a greater awareness regarding accessibility issues, public facility design consultations and an annual award program.