The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act,
2005 ( "AODA") develops, implements, and enforces
accessibility standards with the aim of achieving accessibility for
persons with disabilities with respect to goods, services,
facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures, and
The Integrated Accessibility Standards (the
"IAS") under AODA establishes accessibility standards for
public and private sector organizations that provide goods,
services or facilities to the public or other third
Effective January 1, 2014, large employers in Ontario, were
required to prepare an Accessibility Policy and a Multi-Year
Accessibility Plan. By January 1, 2015, large employers must ensure
that their employees are trained on the IAS and the Human Rights
Code. Employers must also comply with several other accessibility
initiatives under the IAS by January 1, 2016.
Employers may expect notices from the government of Ontario
reminding them to meet their AODA requirements and to file their
2014 Accessibility Report. Among other things, employers with fifty
or more employees must report that they have Accessibility Policies
in place and that a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan has been
developed to help meet the requirements under the IAS. In addition,
new websites (and old websites that are updated) must be accessible
to persons with disabilities by conforming to international
guidelines for website accessibility.
Employers are cautioned to comply with AODA and its regulations
as significant penalties can be imposed for
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