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ODA Committee Update
dated Nov. 26, 2003


ODA Committee Receives Its First Letter From The New Citizenship Minister

November 26, 2003


The new Citizenship Minister Dr. Marie Bountrogianni has written her first introductory letter to the ODA Committee. The text of this letter is below.

In this letter the Minister reiterates the Liberal Government's commitment to an "effective ODA," refers to working towards making the ODA "more effective," and acknowledges the ODA Committee's "unwavering commitment to improving accessibility and opportunity for all Ontarians with disabilities."

Send your feedback on this letter to us at:



Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
6th Floor
400 University Avenue
Toronto ON M7A 2R9
Tel.: (416) 325-6200
Fax: (416) 325-6195

November 24, 2003

Dear Mr. Lepofsky:

Thank you for your letter regarding the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA).

I am sorry we were not able to connect in person when I telephoned you earlier this month.

As the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, I am honoured to have responsibility for overseeing the implementation of an effective ODA and working with key stakeholders, such as the ODA Committee, to bring about meaningful change.

My government recognizes the ODA Committee's unwavering commitment to improving accessibility and opportunity for all Ontarians with disabilities.

Early stakeholder input is crucial as we begin to identify areas that may require change. Dr. Kular, my parliamentary assistant, and I are looking forward to meeting with and listening to a broad range of stakeholders on the barriers that exist for people with disabilities and their families.

Your insights on accessibility are appreciated, as we work towards making the ODA more effective. I look forward working with the ODA Committee as we move forward.


Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

c.c. Dr. K. Kular, Parliamentary Assistant



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