New accessibility laws coming for federal sector

October 23, 2016 - by: Jackie VanDerMeulen 0 COMMENTS

by Jackie VanDerMeulen

Laws aimed at making organizations more accessible for Canadians with disabilities have been enacted by various jurisdictions across Canada in recent years. The federal government recently announced that it also plans to introduce legislation to promote accessibility. It will apply to federally regulated employers, such as banks, cross-border transportation providers, and telecommunications companies.

The government is currently soliciting input from Canadians on what they would like the legislation to address. We anticipate however, that the new legislation will incorporate many features from Ontario and Manitoba’s accessibility laws.

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Ontario employers should check for overdue accessibility compliance reports

April 12, 2015 - by: Cathy Chandler 0 COMMENTS

by Cathy Chandler

In 2005, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in the world to enact proactive legislation designed to establish policies and programs to promote the provision of services to people with disabilities in five areas: customer service, employment, information and communications, public transportation, and design of public spaces.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires organizations to do many things, including to file certain reports. Private-sector organizations with 20 or more employees were required to complete by December 31, 2014, an online report to tell the government if they have met their accessibility requirements under the AODA. (Designated public-sector organizations and the Government of Ontario also are required to file accessibility reports but on a different schedule.) read more…