À l'approche des dates limites établies par la LAPHO pour produire des rapports de conformité sur l'accessibilité et des sites Web accessibles, il est temps que les organisations passent en revue les obligations applicables et s'assurent qu'elles s'y conforment.  

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With AODA deadlines for Accessibility Compliance Reports and accessible websites looming, it is time for organizations to review the applicable requirements and ensure that they are compliant. These requirements are summarized below.

Accessibility Compliance Reports due December 31, 2020

Pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the “AODA”), all business or non-profit organizations with 20 or more employees must file their annual Accessibility Compliance Report by December 31, 2020.

In order to complete the report, organizations must answer a series of “yes or no” questions and submit the report electronically. The form is available here from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

Accessible Websites and Web Content

Beginning January 1, 2021, private or non-profit organizations with more than 50 employees and public sector organizations must ensure that all public websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012 meet the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”) 2.0 at Level AA, with some exceptions for live captions and pre-recorded audio descriptions.

WCAG is an internationally accepted standard for web accessibility developed by the World Wide Web Consortium. The WCAG guidelines are available from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility here.

Should your organization require assistance in meeting these deadlines and/or achieving compliance with the AODA, please reach out to a member of our Employment and Labour Group.

Originally published by Stikeman, October 2020

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