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2021/22 CNIB Scholarship Recipients

November 10, 2021
CNIB received many remarkable scholarship applications this year and awarded $128,000 in funding to people who are blind or partially sighted in recognition of their educational and professional aspirations and achievements.
From left to right: Trapper, Casey, Jet, Jorge and Cassie – five CNIB Guide Dog puppies.

More puppy raisers needed as future CNIB Guide Dogs arrive in Halifax

November 09, 2021
(HALIFAX, NS – Nov. 8, 2021) Five future CNIB Guide Dog puppies recently arrived in Halifax, where they’ll spend the next 12 to15 months in the care of volunteer puppy raisers, getting prepared for their future careers as CNIB Guide Dogs. The pups can be seen training around the Halifax area, wearing their bright yellow Future CNIB Guide Dog vests.
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Ontario Government Proposes to Expand Automated Vehicle Pilot

November 09, 2021
In 2016, Ontario launched a 10-year pilot project to allow for the testing of automated vehicles (AVs) on Ontario's roads by approved companies under certain conditions. To date, Ontario has approved fourteen entities to participate in the pilot and two have been approved for driverless testing. The provincial government is now looking to expand the pilot in six different ways that will widen participation in the existing pilot in terms of who can participate and how.  
From left to right: Steven Guilbault, David Demers, Executive Lead, Frontier Accessibility & Executive Director, CNIB Quebec, Sophie Mauzerolle, Nimi Nanji-Simard, and Angela Bonfanti Senior Vice President of CNIB. The group poses for a photo inside the newly renovated Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

CNIB announces opening of new SmartLife Centres across Canada

October 22, 2021
MONTREAL, Quebec, October 22, 2021 – CNIB, Canada’s largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, celebrated the grand opening of the Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre in Montreal on October 18, 2021.
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CNIB Response – AODA K-12 Education Accessibility Standards

October 01, 2021
In June 2021, the Ontario government published a report that contained 197 recommendations for Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). These standards aim to identify, remove, and prevent accessibility gaps and barriers faced by students with disabilities from kindergarten to Grade 12. A further 75 recommendations were put forward addressing the transition from K-12 to post-secondary, the community and/or the workplace.
A Moneris Core payment terminal with accessibility mode enabled on the device.

Canada’s most accessible payment terminals are now in market!

October 12, 2021
To help provide a more inclusive customer experience, Moneris Core payment terminals are equipped with enhanced accessibility features.

Consumers can enable an interface on Moneris Core payment terminals with features designed to help people independently navigate the terminal without having to share their pin or ask for assistance.
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CNIB urges provinces to ensure their vaccine passport systems and implementation strategies are accessible

October 06, 2021
As COVID-19 vaccination passports roll out across the country, CNIB is publicly urging the provincial governments and local public health units to ensure their vaccine passport systems and implementation strategies are accessible to Canadians with sight loss.
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CNIB’s Catch the Ace Jackpot is now more than $485,000!

September 20, 2021
The Ace still hasn’t been caught!
CNIB announced today that their Catch the Ace fundraiser has reached an incredible high – a whopping $485,000 – and it’s still growing.
The Exterior of the new Community Hub and Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre in Barrie, Ontario

The Community Hub and Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre in Barrie is now open!

September 21, 2021
CNIB recently unveiled the brand-new Barrie Community Hub and Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre, thanks to a generous donations made by the Nanji Family Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The new Hub, which is now open to members of the public, is an inclusive community space designed to empower people impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.
Victoria and her guide dog Alan, a black Labrador retriever

Stop! You're breaking the law when you turn me and my guide dog away

September 14, 2021
As a Paralympian proudly representing Canada on the international sports stage in rowing, I recently returned from Tokyo where, in the Athletes' Village, I went to restaurants and shops – all without hassle. All without being asked to leave and escorted to the exit. Contrast this with my experience in my home country, and it is a completely different story. Like so many other Canadians who rely on guide dogs, I face discrimination frequently.