There is still time for employers to get compliant with their obligations under the AODA, but the January 1, 2016 deadline is coming up fast!
Worried about getting your company compliant with the AODA? Learn more about Clear Path's Do-It-Yourself Package.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005 aiming to make the province fully accessible by 2025. The legislation is being phased in through various "standards" that each have unique deadlines based on the size of your business.
The first "standard" was the AODA Customer Service Standard (CSS), which entails 11 specific requirements for businesses to provide their goods and services in a way that is accessible. The deadline for compliance with all aspects of the CSStandard was 2012 or earlier. The deadline for submitting your compliance report to the government was Dec 31, 2013.
The next "standard" is called the Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation (IASR), which combines three formerly stand-alone standards known as the AODA Employment Standard, the AODA Information & Communications Standard, and the AODA Transportation Standard.
It lays out numerous obligations for businesses and has distinct deadlines for various aspects within it -- as well as different deadlines for businesses with over 50 employees and those with under 50 employees. There are several elements due by Jan. 1, 2016.
Jan. 1, 2016 deadlines for private sector companies with 50 or more employees:
Jan. 1, 2016 deadlines for private sector companies with between 1-49 employees:
Additionally, the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces, requires public sector (government) organizations to be compliant with numerous elements by Jan 1, 2016. Note that large private sector businesses must be compliant with these elements by 2017 and small private sector businesses by 2018 (although they are exempt from certain aspects).
If you have any questions about the AODA and would like to book a complimentary 15 minute consultation with Clear Path's Anna Aceto-Guerin, book your appointment now.
You may also be interested in our easy-to-use DIY AODA Compliance Package for the IASR as well as our DIY Package for the CSS if your company is not yet compliant.
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