A quick reminder that pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (Ontario), Ontario private sector businesses with twenty or more employees are required to file a compliance report every three years. The next deadline is fast approaching – December 31, 2017.
If you have not already completed your report, you will need to go online to do so on the Government of Ontario website. You will need your organization’s legal name, business (BN9) number, number of employees and the name and contact information of your certifier (a director or senior officer with legal authority to … Continue Reading
The Federal Government has recently commenced a nationwide consultation process with Canadians to inform the development of federal accessibility legislation. Specifically, the government is seeking input on the following:
- feedback on the overall goal and approach;
- to whom would apply;
- what accessibility issues and barriers it could address;
- how it could be monitored and enforced; and
- what else the Government of Canada could do to improve accessibility.
Thus far, there is limited opportunity for public oral consultation. Brief in-person sessions are taking place in 18 cities across Canada. These sessions began in September and will continue through to … Continue Reading
Ontario’s commitment to promoting and advancing accessibility for persons with disabilities is continuing, with amendments to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) scheduled to become effective on July 1, 2016.
Under the current legislation, the requirements for employers and businesses operating in Ontario are split between O. Reg. 429/07 – Accessibility Standards for Customer Service and O. Reg. 191/11 – Integrated Accessibility Standards (Information and Communication, Employment, Transportation and Design of Public Spaces). Effective July 1st, these two regulations will be consolidated into a single Integrated Accessibility Standards regulation through amendments contained in O. Reg. … Continue Reading