We're looking for new ACAT members

The TTC will be accepting applications for new Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) members from September 7-21, 2021. Learn how to apply.

What is ACAT?

The Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) is a group of 15 volunteer members who provide advice and recommendations to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Board and TTC staff on matters pertaining to accessible public transit in the City of Toronto. These matters include removing barriers to accessibility and improving the customer experience for persons with disabilities and seniors.

People with intersecting identities including Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, the 2SLGBTQ+ community, newcomers, as well as people with physical, cognitive, sensory and mental health conditions, experience compounding and complex accessibility barriers. ACAT members represent those voices and provide insight and advice on accessibility actions.

Prerequisites to Join ACAT

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a resident of Toronto
  2. Must use the conventional TTC or Wheel-Trans
  3. Must be a person with a disability, and/or be a senior, or must have a demonstrated knowledge/interest in accessible transit issues and represent the needs and concerns of persons with disabilities and seniors who use the TTC.
  4. Must be available for meetings as required.
  5. Must be familiar with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code and related accessibility standards and/or guidelines and legislation as they pertain to public transit.
  6. Members must reflect the racial diversity of Toronto based on population demographics. 

Selection and Appointment Process

The selection process for ACAT membership starts with the public’s solicitation through advertisements in local newspapers and/or other forms of communication available at the TTC.

Applicants must review Information for ACAT Applicants along with ACAT New Applicant FAQ to be eligible to apply for ACAT membership. Selected applicants are interviewed and evaluated by a four (4) person selection committee consisting of two (2) TTC staff representatives, personnel from the City of Toronto and ACAT’s Chair or Vice-Chair. The selection committee then makes its recommendations to the TTC Board of Directors who make the final decision. Individuals who are appointed to ACAT will attend an orientation on the roles and responsibilities of ACAT and will be given all the pertinent documents.

Location and Frequency of ACAT Meetings

The ACAT General Committee meets every last Thursday of each month from approximately 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Currently, ACAT is meeting online using WebEx video conferencing software. This platform also permits committee members to call in to meetings. It is expected that ACAT will continue to meet virtually for the foreseeable future until Toronto Public Health recommends that in-person gatherings can be held again without physical distancing requirements.

In-person meetings are held at the TTC Head Office, 1900 Yonge Street, 7th-floor Boardroom. This location is directly above the Davisville Station on Line 1 (Yonge-University), which is accessible.

All meetings are held during business hours.

Members of the ACAT General Committee must participate in two of the four subcommittee meetings which meet as issues arise. A commitment of between 10 to 15 hours a month is required.

Application Process    

Applicants can apply between:
September 7, 2021 to September 21, 2021

The deadline for submission of applications is September 21, 2021.

Completed applications can be mailed to:
Wheel-Trans
580 Commissioners Street
Toronto, Ontario M4M1A7

Applications may also be emailed to acat@ttc.ca.

Application information

A Review Panel will evaluate all applications. The panel consists of the ACAT Chair, City of Toronto Human Rights Officer and two TTC staff members.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Members are chosen based on qualifications and the ACAT Terms of Reference.

Resources for Information about ACAT