By December 31, 2017, Ontario employers with 20 or more employees must file accessibility compliance reports to confirm that accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) have been met. The AODA compliance report form is available here.
Since the last accessibility compliance reports were filed in 2014, many new requirements have come into force. For example, organizations with 20 or more employees are now required to satisfy the following requirements (among others):
- training staff on Ontario’s accessibility laws
- enabling people with disabilities to provide feedback when asked
- making the organization’s public information accessible when asked
- making your employment practices accessible
Failure to complete an accessibility compliance report by December 31, 2017 may result in substantial financial penalties and could negatively affect the company’s reputation. Thus, employers should review AODA requirements, ensure current compliance, and submit their accessibility compliance reports by the end of the year.
For a previous article on some of the most significant AODA compliance changes since 2014, see here.
Many thanks to Megan Paterson for her assistance with this article.