Accommodation Policy for Residents with Disabilities

Approved at a General Members' Meeting on September 25, 2017

In the Woodsworth Housing Co-op Accommodation Policy for Residents with Disabilities (“the Accommodation Policy”), the term “accommodation” refers to adapting or adjusting policies, procedures, structures, etc. for a resident with a disability, and not to its more common usage as lodging or housing. 

1. Statement of Commitment

Woodsworth Housing Co-operative (“the Co-op”) commits to addressing residents’ needs in a manner consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code that is inclusive and free of barriers based on disability, unless to do so would cause undue hardship to the Co-op. This Accommodation Policy applies to all residents of the Co-op, as required by the Human Rights Code.

Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Co-op will work cooperatively, and in a spirit of respect, with all partners in the accommodation process.

Here is the full text which can be read online or downloaded or printed.

Emergency Procedures

Emergency – Call 911

Our address is 133 Wilton near Jarvis and the Esplanade.

Fire in the mid-rise – Shelter In Place

The best strategy is to stay in your unit unless the fire is in your unit, or unless there is smoke in your unit.

  • Call 911 to report the fire. Report any smoke or flames you see and say you are staying in your apartment at 133 Wilton Street and give your unit number.
  • Pull the fire alarm in the hallway and yell fire, if it is not ringing already – this notifies your neighbours and the monitoring company.
  • Keep your door shut. If you may need help later, don’t lock it.
  • If you are alone, get a buddy – a neighbour – to stay with you.
  • Stay awake and listen for instructions​.

    If you wish to leave your unit:
    If you want to leave your unit, leave right away.
  • Take essentials with you – ID, medications, money.
  • Lock your door.
  • Pull the firm alarm in the hall if it is not already ringing.
  • Leave the building using nearest exit stairway.
  • Do not use elevator.
  • Call fire department at 911 from a safe location.
  • Meet in the park across Wilton Street.
  • Meet firefighters when they arrive and tell them where the fire is.
    In townhouses, always leave your unit. Call 911.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

There is an external automated defibrillator on the ground floor lobby in a box beside the elevator.

This is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

  1. Call 911 or have someone else do it. The midrise building is at 133 Wilton Street near Jarvis and the Esplanade.
  2. Send someone for the defibrillator.
  3. Take it out of the box and turn it on.
  4. The machine will talk to you. Follow instructions that the machine will give you.
  5. Keep going until paramedics arrive and take over.

Power Outage

* Toronto Hydro Power Outage phone number: (416) 542-8000

  1. Unplug anything that may have been left on at the time of the outage
  2. Ensure electrical stove top and oven are turned off
  3. Turn off water to dishwasher and laundry machine if in use when outage occurred
  4. Leave a light or the radio on so you will know when power is restored
  5. Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics to prevent damage caused by power surges
  6. Once power is restored: plug in only the most essential appliances first and wait 10-15 min. for the electrical system to stabilize before connecting everything else


*Never step into a flooded room as the water could be energized and could shock or electrocute you.

  1. Stay inside and do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Keep children and pets indoors
  2. If you are outdoors
    (a)  Seek shelter immediately
    (b)  Keep everyone away from lakes, rivers, creeks and low-lying areas prone to flooding
  3. 3. If flooding is imminent
    (a)  Remove furniture and other valuables from your basement to prevent water damage
    (b)  If you can safely do it, turn off your furnace, gas and electricity* Toronto and Region Conservation Authority 24-hour flood hotline phone number: (416) 661-6514

Loss of Heat in Winter

(a)  Contact Co-op Office (416) 363-3418
(b)  Phone On-Call at: (416) 809-7851 if unable to reach office staff

No Water

(a)  Contact Co-op Office (416) 363-3418
(b)  Phone On-Call at: (416) 809-7851 if unable to reach office staff
(c)  Ensure you have at least a three-day supply of water for each member of your family in your emergency kit (4 litres per person per day)

72 Hour Emergency Kit

  • enough drinking water for 3 days (4 litres per person per day)
  • battery powered / crank radio & flashlight (+ batteries)
  • 3 day supply of non-perishable food
  • manual can opener
  • first aid kit
  • prescription drugs, medical supplies
  • information sheet about your special needs or disability including contact information for your healthcare provider(s), caregiver(s) or personal attendant(s), or your service animals’ veterinarian, and a detailed list of all prescriptions and medications

Information Source for more information:
“Get Emergency Ready High-rise Living” & “Get Emergency Ready: Your Personal Preparedness Guide” City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management.

Automated defibrillator (AED) in the lobby

There is now an AED in the elevator lobby on the ground floor.

This is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

Take a few moments to see how easy it is to use this life-saving device by watching this YouTube video about the AED.

See also
Emergency Procedures

Seniors’ fitness programs in Woodsworth

Updated:  October 21, 2016

Free programs in the co-op! Exercise programs designed for seniors led by a qualified trainer. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays in the penthouse

3:00 -3:45 pm – Fall Prevention program – balance and gentle exercises. This  program includes an evaluation of balance. Maximum number of members will be evaluated but others can participate.

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Exercise. Chair and standing – More vigorous exercise. 

One and two pound weights and therabands are available. No special gear or clothing required. No floor exercises! 

The S4S contact for this program is member Carol Pasten.

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