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We would like to ask for your help in making our community a safer and more accessible place for all individuals with mobility problems.

Almost 2 million Ontario residents (all ages) have mobility problems. In Elgin County, over 8,000 residents have mobility problems, half of which are 65 years or older.  While these individuals make up a significant portion of the general population, many buildings are made without considering their special needs.

The “Thumbs Up” committee has developed a program that is intended to raise awareness about safety and accessibility issues concerning public buildings in our community.

The “Thumbs Up” program’s  focus is to recognize businesses and services within a community, that have  made an effort to be accessible, safe  and user friendly for individuals with mobility problems. It is a positive and voluntary program and a “Thumbs Up” window decal is awarded after a spot check has been completed and the necessary requirements are found to be present.  In order to pass the spot check, the premise inspected must meet the standard for being accessible to all who have mobility or visual problems of any kind, so as to enable them to  enter, move about  and leave safely.  Businesses and services that have been awarded a decal are asked to place it so that it is visible to the public.

It is our hope that you will see the value in this program. As of 2025, the Ontario Government will have in place standards to make Ontario a safe, accessible Province. The coming of the new regulations make it even more important to start making changes now.

 

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THUMBS UP PLACES

An establishment with the Thumbs Up symbol will have improved accessibility and safety. Congratulations to all of the following that have received the Thumbs Up decal:

AGENCIES/SERVICES

 
Closing the Gap
452 Talbot Street, St. Thomas
631-9866
Elgin Military Museum
30 Talbot Street, St. Thomas
633-7641
Elgin Oxford Legal Clinic -side entrance          
98 Centre St., St. Thomas 
633-2638
Employment Services Elgin
400 Talbot St., St. Thomas
631-5470
First Choice Haircutters (Walmart Plaza)
1063 Talbot Street, St. Thomas
637-3492
Galaxy Theatre
Elgin Mall, 417 Wellington Street
631-5777

Multiple Sclerosis Society
400 Talbot St., St. Thomas                   

633-3533
Raven & Shaw Chartered Accountants
460 Wellington St., St. Thomas
637-3500
Shawn Jackson Funeral Home
631 Elgin Street, St. Thomas
631-0570
St. Thomas Energy
135 Edward St., St. Thomas
631-5550
St. Thomas Para Transit     
614 Talbot St., St. Thomas
631-1690

YMCA of St. Thomas-Elgin      
20 High St., St. Thomas

631-2418
   
BANKS  

Bank of Montreal                                 
300 Elm Street, St. Thomas

 
LIBRO
1073 Talbot St., St. Thomas                  
631-6195
Royal Bank
1099 Talbot St., St. Thomas                  
631-7369
T.D. Canada Trust                   
Elgin Mall, 417 Wellington St., St. Thomas
633-4641
   

CHURCHES

 
Central United Church
135 Wellington St., St. Thomas 
631-3503
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
436 Elm Street, St. Thomas
631-2641
Faith Baptist Church
345 Fairview Ave., St. Thomas
633-0976
Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
641 Elm Street, St. Thomas
633-4422
First Yarmouth Plains Baptist Church
6071 Fairview Road, RR4 St. Thomas
633-2883
Knox Presbyterian Church
55 Hincks Street, St. Thomas
631-2414
St. Hilda’s – St. Luke’s Anglican Church
185 Elm Street, St. Thomas
631-0504

Salvation Army Church
380 Elm Street, St. Thomas                  

631-6202
Trinity Anglican Church
55 Southwick Street, St. Thomas
631-7000
   
GROCERY STORES  
Foodland
20 William St., St. Thomas
633-9370
Metro                          
Elgin Mall, 417 Wellington St., St. Thomas
633-8780
Price Chopper             
1010 Talbot St., St. Thomas
637-8570
   
MEDICAL  
Memorial Arena
Wilson Ave., St. Thomas
631-4015
St. Thomas Timken Community Centre
9rd Ave., St. Thomas
633-7112
   
MEDICAL  
Action Medical            
310 Wellington St., St. Thomas
633-9955
Elgin Audiology Consultants                          
66 West Avenue, St. Thomas
637-5925

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health
99 Edward St., St. Thomas

631-9900
St. Thomas Cardiac/Medical Centre
204 First Ave., St. Thomas
633-9200
St. Thomas Elgin OB/GYN Ultrasound
460 Wellington St., St. Thomas
631-8531
St. Thomas Family Health Centre
230 First Ave., St. Thomas
637-6301
Talbot Creek Midwives
460 Wellington St., St. Thomas
637-2224
Talbot Trail Physiotherapy
460 Wellington St., St. Thomas
637-1831
Windemere Family Medical Centre
460 Wellington St., St. Thomas
 
   
PHARMACIES  
Health Centre Pharmacy
230 First Ave., St. Thomas  
631-1550
Shoppers Drugmart
204 First Ave., St. Thomas 
633-3070

Wellington Medical Pharmacy Ltd.
460 Wellington St., St. Thomas

637-9900
Yurek Pharmacy          
519 Talbot St., St. Thomas
631-3330
   
RESTAURANTS  
Swiss Chalet
1014 ½  Talbot St., St. Thomas
637-7280
Tim Hortons
145 South Edgeware, St. Thomas
633-9559
   
RETAIL  
Canadale Nurseries                             
269 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas
631-7624
Giant Tiger
780 Talbot St., St. Thomas
 
Hallmark Cards                       
Elgin Mall, 417 Wellington St., St. Thomas
633-7675
LCBO                          
1010 Talbot St., St. Thomas
631-5000
Smith Books                           
Elgin Mall, 417 Wellington St., St. Thomas
633-4717
TSC Stores Ltd.                       
115 Edward St., St. Thomas
637-8996
Van Pelt’s Stationery   
800 Talbot St., St. Thomas
631-4994
Walmart                                  
1063 Talbot St., St. Thomas
637-7100
Zellers                         
Elgin Mall, 417 Wellington St., St. Thomas
633-4645
   
SENIORS  
Kettle Creek Gardens   
58 St. George St., St. Thomas
633-7647

Metcalfe Gardens
45 Metcalfe St., St. Thomas                

631-9393
St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre
225 Chestnut St. St. Thomas 
633-2850

 

all phone numbers are in the (519) area code unless otherwise listed

DOWNLOAD THE THUMBS UP PLACES LIST(PDF)

DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST (PDF)

HELPFUL HINTS
Make Your Business Safe and Accessible for all.

STAIRS - (Inside the Building)

FLOORS & AISLES

ENTRANCES & EXITS

PARKING LOT OR STREET ACCESS

VISUALLY IMPAIRED

WASHROOMS

SHELVES, RACKS & DISPLAYS

 

Information provided by: STEPS Project, Victoria BC, Safe Stores: "Stores Blitz", North Bay, ON, and the 2002 Canadian Standards Association (www.csa.ca), Toronto, ON

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions or require additional information about the Thumbs Up program, please contact:

by email :

info@thumbsupstthomas.com

Elgin-St. Thomas Public Health:

(519) 631-9900 ext.254

Cathy Topping (519) 633-6919

To Make Your Business Safe and Accessible for all:

1. Download and print the "Thumbs Up" Checklist.

2. Download and print the "Thumbs Up" Helpful Hints brochure.

 

Web Links:

Elgin-St. Thomas Public Health - www.elginhealth.on.ca

City of St. Thomas, Ontario - www.city.st-thomas.on.ca

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities - www.AccessON.ca

Canadian Standards Association - www.csa.ca

Abilities Canada Guide - www.abilities.ca/agc

Community Living Elgin - www.communitylivingelgin.com

E & T Jiu Jitsu.com - www.eandtjiujitsu.com