AODA Integrated Accessibility Regulation Standard
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is legislation that aims to make the province of Ontario fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025. It is being implemented in five pieces known as "standards." Each standard has different time frames and requirements for business owners.
What is the IARS?
Originally the Ontario government had 5 separate "standards" to be implemented separately as part of the AODA. Changing course in 2011, they decided to combine three of them (Employment Standard, Information & Communications Standard, and Transportation Standard) into the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation.
Deadlines for the IARS
Emergency procedures already due:
One aspect of the Information & Communications Standard, namely that emergency procedures and public safety information be accessible to people with disabilities, came into effect as of Jan. 1, 2012.
Private sector businesses with more than 50 employees:
Compliance deadlines begin in 2014 for Information & Communications Standard and 2015 for Employment Standard. See page 14 of this Guide for specific details.
Small private sector businesses (under 50 employees):
Compliance deadlines for Information & Communications Standard begin in 2015 while Employment Standard deadlines begin in 2017. Find more details on page 15 of this Guide.
DIY Package for the IARS