Is your Community Inclusive?  

Are there barriers in your community that cause you to stay at home and/or live in isolation?

According to the latest census, in Newfoundland and Labrador, seniors outnumber youth. At almost 3% above the national average, this province is leading the charge with 19.4% of our population over the age of 65. Combine that with the 53,000 people living with a disability it is important that our Municipal and Provincial leaders work together to ensure our communities are inclusive. 

On September 26, 2017 you will have the opportunity to determine your municipal governance for the next four years. Casting your ballot for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and/or Councillor allows you to participate in electing officials who will make decisions on your behalf.

Make your voice heard! 

Are your sidewalks safe to walk on in winter? Do you have access to public transportation? Are public buildings in your community accessible? Do you feel businesses in your communities do not do enough to make thier buildings accessible?

The human rights code says it is illegal to discriminate and municipalities have a legal responsibility to make thier communities accessible. That includes public services and facilities, printed materials, rental properties and accommodations within its juristictions.

The upcoming Municipal elections are the best way to make your voice heard.

On September 26, 2017, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will go to the polls to cast their votes for Municipal leaders – and this presents a tremendous opportunity to put the lack of consideration for inclusive communities on the agenda. 

CNIB is working with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians  who are passionate about issues that impede their ability  to access sidewalks, public and private buildings safely  and independently. 

If your day to day life is impacted by these challenges it's  time to call your candidates and speak directly to some of the people who will be in a position to take action.  

If elected, these individuals will be in a position to develop policies that can improve the lives of persons living with vision loss. 

This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and let them know what matters to you. 

We would ask that you commit to do at least one of the following: 

  1. Call local candidates in your community and talk to them about the issues that prevent you from navigating your local streets, your local businesses and public facilities in your community. It is best to make these calls before the election campaign is in full swing, as candidates will have more time available to talk to you.

  2. Call local candidates in your community and ask them to visit you while they are knocking on doors in your community. This is an easy way to speak to candidates without leaving home. 

  3. Attend candidate debates in your community and ask questions about what each candidate would do to improve services for people living with vision loss.

Does it matter who I vote for? 

No. Who you vote for is your business only. 

If you’re interested in learning more about self advocacy or would like more information about municipal elections, please contact Debbie Ryan at (709) 754-1180 extension 5811 or