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Winnipeg looks at costs of replacing accessibility signs across city

Winnipeg looks at costs of replacing accessibility signs across city
Winnipeg looks at costs of replacing accessibility signs across city

The City of Winnipeg Public Service is putting a price tag on changing the accessibility icon to a more “forward-facing” icon on municipal properties and communications.

The Accessible Icon Project symbol was introduced in 2010 to replace the wheelchair accessibility icon from the 1960s. The newer symbol shows more action and autonomy compared to its predecessor.

The city currently uses both icons, but the public service is exploring the possibility of phasing out the old ‘upright’ icon.

It is still used all over the city on things like parking signs and priority seating stickers on public transportation. The use of the 1960s icon is required in some cases, such as traffic signs, by provincial or federal regulations

A report by the Council’s Committee on Human Rights said that the replacement of old pictograms could be completed gradually and at minimal cost if it were to be carried out when the signage reached the end of its lifespan.

However, if it is done as soon as possible, it is expected to cost between $241,000 and $311,000. The public agency said it would still take at least a year to complete. The cost estimate does not include replacing automatic door opener buttons because they are not readily available with the newer icon.

The report is received as information. The Council’s Human Rights Committee meets on 15 July.