A Ramp in Time

Posted on Wednesday February 24, 2021

Pickering, ON, February 24, 2021 - In early December 2020, City of Pickering staff received a call from a resident, Mr. Thomas Hammond, for accessibility advice/assistance. As a recent amputee, Mr. Hammond was encountering significant challenges entering/exiting his side-door rental unit. The unit's ten-inch doorstep created a serious barrier for Mr. Hammond to navigate using his new walker and crutches.

Pickering staff reached out through the Pickering Accessibility Advisory Committee to the Committee’s Ajax Pickering Board of Trade representative, John McLellan, for advice/assistance. John McLellan visited Mr. Hammond and inspected the doorway within hours of the City's call. John McLellan immediately took the initiative and responsibility to solve the problem.

John McLellan measured the entranceway, considered the relevant AODA and Ontario Building Code requirements, and rather than installing a permanent structure, placed an order for a portable aluminum ramp platform.

On delivery of the ramp, John McLellan installed it for Mr. Hammond in mid-December, well in time for the festive season. John McLellan Contracting Inc. generously absorbed all costs of purchasing and installing the ramp. A brilliant solution, the portable ramp can now be taken by Mr. Hammond to any future residence.

Mr. Hammond is reported to be extremely happy with the ramp and phones his new friend, John McLellan, frequently to stay in touch.

John McLellan and his construction firm, John McLellan Contracting Inc., have a long-held reputation for embracing and championing accessibility in Pickering and the Region of Durham. The case of Mr. Hammond is simply one example of John McLellan's exemplary accessibility leadership.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Tim Higgins
Accessibility Coordinator l Community Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 3608