Accessible Elections in Manitoba
Elections Manitoba has a mandate to make voting accessible. As the organization responsible for ensuring all eligible voters have the opportunity to participate in elections, Elections Manitoba is committed to identifying and removing barriers to full participation.
Current election law already provides many ways for Manitobans with disabilities to easily and independently cast a ballot. Find out about accessible voting options in Manitoba.
In December 2013, The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law. Under the legislation, public sector organizations must create an accessibility plan in consultation with members of the disabilities community. In our plan, we examine our existing practices and processes, celebrate our achievements, and identify priorities for eliminating barriers in the future.
To assist in the development of the plan, Elections Manitoba hosted a consultation with representatives from seven disabilities organizations in Manitoba. Their feedback has been an integral part of developing the plan. Participating organizations included:
- Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre
- Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)/Vision Loss Rehabilitation Manitoba
- Deaf Centre Manitoba
- E-Quality Communication Centre of Excellence
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada, Manitoba Division
- Inclusion Winnipeg
- Society for Manitobans with Disabilities
We will continue to partner with these and other disabilities organizations as we work towards an even more accessible electoral process. They will serve as resources for us in implementing our new initiatives and will help us communicate more effectively with the public about accessible voting opportunities. We thank them for their participation.
Did you know?
- Nearly 180,000 or one in six Manitobans has a disability.
- An accessibility barrier is anything that limits or prevents a person from receiving information, goods and services, from accessing a space or participating in an activity.
- Barriers may be structural.
- Barriers may affect information and communication.
- Barriers may be improved or made worse by new technology.
- Barriers may be accidental or systemic when they result from policies and practices.
- Attitudes can be the greatest barrier of all.
Find out more about accessibility for Manitobans. [Note: This links to a Government of Manitoba site]