Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee

home-alertCOVID-19: Things are evolving daily and the page below may not be current, get the latest updates on City facilities, services and programs at coquitlam.ca/covid19.

Note also that many services are available online to continue to serve the community at this time.


The Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee's mandate is to provide a local and universal accessibility perspective and advice to Council with respect to achieving the City of Coquitlam’s strategic goals and accompanying strategic directions toward universal accessibility:

  • To continue to make the City more inclusive for existing and future residents with disabilities by addressing the physical, social and attitudinal barriers which impede their full participation in all aspects of City life;
  • To provide advice to Council about the development of City policies and programs to educate and inform on matters affecting residents with disabilities and/or physical or mental challenges and universal accessibility;
  • To review design plans for civic buildings and public spaces and provide advice to Council to ensure the needs of persons with disabilities are considered with the goal of universal access;
  • To provide advice to Council about the development of City policies and programs to ensure the needs of existing and future residents living with disabilities are considered (e.g., transportation, housing, capital programs, leisure and parks services, environment)

If you are looking for information and resources on accessibility in Coquitlam, please visit our Accessibility page.

2020 Composition

Chair: Councillor ​​Trish Mandewo | Vice ChairCouncillor ​Chris Wilson

  • Organization ​Representatives:
    • Canadian Council of the Blind, Dogwood Chapter - Pat Roy (Pauline Simpson, Alternate) 
    • Community Ventures Society - ​Pete Stone (Kevin Lusignan, Alternate)
    • SHARE Family and Community Services Society - Ross Renaud (no Alternate named)
    • Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network - Mary Ong (no Alternate named)
  • Citizen Representatives: Robert Bottos, Kiyo Breiting, Kimberley England, Alex Kwan, Heather Lawson, and Matthew Sebastiani 

Meeting Schedule

The Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee typically meets every 2 months on the first Tuesday of the month. The 2020 meetings are scheduled to be held from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Council Committee Room, Coquitlam City Hall, on the following dates*:

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 3, 3020

Please note that all ​UAAC meetings are SCENT FREE.

*Meeting schedules are subject to change. ​

Agendas for the above-noted meetings will be available typically one week before the meeting date. For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at committeeclerk@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3010. 

Terms of Reference

A copy of the Committee's Terms of Reference is available here.

Work Plan

The Committee's annual Work Plan is approved by Council.

Past Meeting Agendas and Minutes


Accessibility is at the forefront of the services that the City of Coquitlam provides. Delivering community facilities, infrastructure, neighbourhood plans and community recreation programs for people of all ages and abilities are just a few examples of our commitment to accessibility. 

At the City we:

  • Develop and periodically update our plans and regulations to guide the planning and implementation of our City services, neighbourhoods, community facilities, recreation programs, parks and infrastructure;
  • Encourage the cost-effective provision of housing which either meets, or can readily be adapted to meet, the needs of people with disabilities;
  • Design and build a street network that is accessible to individuals of varying ages and abilities;
  • Design and build pedestrian infrastructure with the abilities of all users in mind;
  • Provide access to local transit through sidewalk connections, passenger landing pads, and other bus stop facilities for people of all abilities; and 
  • Welcome people of all abilities to our Parks, Recreation and Culture programs and services.

From planning and regulation to implementation, accessibility is and will continue to be at the heart of the services we provide.

Expand all

  • Accessibility Resources

City Clerk's Office

Phone: 604-927-3010
Email: clerks@coquitlam.ca