Strategies for Staying Policy: policy on making Woodsworth accessible




Approved at the GMM on November 20, 2006

1. A maximum of nine (5%) of our units (including the original “accessible apartments”) will undergo major adaptations and/or architectural changes to improve their accessibility and safety.

2. If a need is demonstrated and if the project is structurally feasible, any unit (up to a total of 9) in the medium-rise may be altered.

3. The Co-op will spend a maximum of $5,000 per unit per major upgrading project (up to a total of 9). This maximum would be in addition to any grants or other contributions that might be available. The three original “accessible units” — namely apartments 306, 307, and 310 — will be exempt from this $5,000 guideline.

4. Alterations must be approved by the Board prior to the start of any construction. If a member wishes to apply for financial grants or subsidies from outside agencies or government programs, it is that member’s responsibility to provide the Board, or its designate, the required information and signatures in order to file or fulfill the application.

5. The accessible apartments 306, 307, and 310 will continue to be allocated to people with disabilities appropriate to those units.

6. Waiting lists will be maintained for members who want to relocate to an “enhanced unit” (apartments 315, 506, 521, and three apartments yet to be determined). When a vacancy occurs, the Membership Committee shall make every effort to allocate the vacant apartment to someone whose quality of life would be improved by the specific adaptations made to that unit. The Membership Committee, however, shall not be obliged to hold the unit for a qualified resident, if that would result in an unacceptably long uncompensated vacancy of no more than three months.

7. Expenditures on common areas accessibility upgrades will be referred to the Board or membership.

8. At the member’s written request, the Co-op will install minor safety and accessibility enhancements in any townhouse or medium-rise apartment. These minor assists or safety features shall include, but not be limited to, installation of bathroom safety grab bars, replacement of standard door handles with lever handles, installation of height adjustable shelving in bedroom closets.

9. All safety and accessibility changes to a unit are permanent changes to that unit. Members will not be expected to return the unit to its original condition when they move out, nor will the Co op agree to restore the unit to its previous state for subsequent residents.

Consolidated up to April 2010 and adopted September 30, 2010.

Applying for an Accommodation for your Disability

S4S (Strategies for Staying) Committee has written a pamphlet on Woodsworth’s accommodation procedures.  It gives an overview of what you have to do to request an accommodation for your disability.

The pamphlet will be available in print in the 2nd floor photocopy room, in a plastic hanging sleeve near the door to the inner office.

It is also available online – click on Accessibility on the home page menu.

And for your convenience, here it is as well!

tiff. in the Neighbourhood – Wed October 24, 2018

The Creative Aging Circle and
The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association Seniors’ Committee present a free screening of

Share in a talk with a tiff docent after the film!

Wednesday, October 24 at 1:30 pm at OWN Co-op 115 The Esplanade.

For further information and to reserve your place:  email:, or
phone Shirley at 416-947-1396

Limited number of seats – Reserve now!
Reservation Deadline – October 15

For more information, see this flyer.


Seniors’ fitness programs in Woodsworth

Updated:  August 30, 2018

Free programs in the co-op! Exercise programs designed for seniors (60 and over) and people with disabilities led by a qualified trainer on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the penthouse


3:30 -4:15 pm – Falls Prevention program – balance and gentle exercises. This  program includes an evaluation of balance. Maximum number of members will be evaluated but others can participate.

4:30 – 5:30 pm – Exercise. Chair and standing – More vigorous exercise.


3:00 -3:45 pm – Falls 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 are available. No special gear except a theraband or similar may be required. No special clothing, just comfortable clothes that you can move in. No floor exercises!

The S4S contact for this program is member Carol Pasten.

Guide to Woodsworth’s Accommodation Policy for Disabilities

The aim of accommodation is to remove barriers and ensure equality.

This guide gives an overview of what you have to do to request an accommodation for your disability.

If you prefer, paper copies of this guide are available in the photocopy room on the second floor or from staff.

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Guide to accommodation policy B&W online page1

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For more information on accommodation and your rights:

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Woodsworth’s Accommodation Policy

Procedure for the Accommodation Policy

Woodsworth’s Human Rights Bylaw #70

Background on the Human Rights Bylaw

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Ontario Human Rights Code

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario