Human Resources Legislative Update
Deadlines under Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act are Approaching
Date: September 28, 2020
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) sets out the process for developing and enforcing accessibility standards in Ontario. Its purpose is to achieve accessibility standards for Ontarians with physical and mental disabilities by 2025. All levels of government, private sector organizations and non-profit organizations must comply with this legislation.
Compliance deadline dates depend on the size of the institution and the sector in which it operates. Below, we have identified the next major AODA deadlines to assist with compliance efforts:
AODA Compliance Report
The AODA Compliance Report is a self-assessment of an organization’s status in terms of compliance with all provincial accessibility requirements.
- By December 31, 2020**, all private sector organizations with 20+ employees and non-profit organizations with 20+ employees are required to file an Accessibility Compliance Report. ** NOTE THAT THIS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 21, 2020
- By January 1, 2021, all private sector and non-profit organizations with 50+ employees and designated public sector organizations must make websites and web content accessible (all new internet websites and web content conforms with WCAG 2.0 level AA (excluding live captioning and audio description)).
As part of your year end housekeeping, we encourage you to review the deadlines above and confirm your organization’s compliance.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect the changed deadline for filing of compliance report.
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