The new year brought new compliance deadlines for organizations in Ontario, both large and small, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The new set of requirements adds to existing obligations as Ontario moves towards its goal of full accessibility. As always, maintaining compliance is an objective that all organizations in Ontario should strive to achieve. With this newest batch of requirements, updating your organization’s policies and procedures should be achievable with minimal disruption to your operations. Many employers have likely already implemented at least some of the practices that are required by the guidelines, but even for those that are on the ball, it is always a good idea to check the requirements when compliance dates roll around.
Will your company still be compliant once new changes to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) come into effect on July 1, 2016? These changes will directly affect most businesses in Ontario, so it is a good idea to examine your accessibility policies and procedures now to ensure that they stay in line with the changes to the legislation.
But before you dive in to making changes to your policies and procedures, it is a good idea to understand a little bit about the changes to the legislation.