In 2008, Canada demonstrated its commitment to creating an Accessible world by ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Since then, each province has adopted its own set of legislated accessibility standards.
In Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), also known as “AODA” works to ensure inclusion for people with disabilities in their everyday lives. The Act sets out Standards and General Requirements that businesses and organizations selling or providing goods, services, and facilities to the public must adhere to. Businesses and Organizations must develop plans and policies to identify, prevent and remove barriers.
Ontario’s goal is that by January 1, 2025, all businesses and organizations selling or providing goods, services and facilities to the public will be compliant with five Standards.
These Standards are:
Information & Communication
Design of Public Spaces
Timelines for compliance have already been established. Fines for non-compliance can reach $50,000 - $100,000 a day for each day a person or business/organization is ruled as being non-compliant.
If you are a business or non-profit organization with 20 or more employees in Ontario, the next deadline for compliance reporting is December 31, 2020.
The Act itself can be a time consuming and complicated piece of legislation to navigate. We help make things simple and easy to understand. AODA is a graduated piece of legislation, meaning compliance is already legally required for some aspects of the Act. Ensure you know what is legally required now and start taking steps to work towards compliance for January 1, 2025.
Business owners and organizations often wish to gauge current state Accessibility for their Built Environments before developing plans for enhancement. We will assess your business premises against a set of robust measured standards and provide you with a summary report that details our recommendations for short and long-term accessibility improvements.
We provide Accessibility Solutions for major renovations and new construction. Using the Ontario Building Code (s.3. Barrier-Free Design) and the agreed voluntary national standards outlined in CSA B651 – Accessible Design for the Built Environment, we work collaboratively with business owners, architects and engineers at the design and construction stages of a project to ensure Accessibility goals are realized.
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