Have you filed your accessibility report yet?

Keeping on track with Ontario’s accessibility goals, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires private businesses and non-profit organizations with 20 or more employees and any designated public-sector organization to submit an accessibility compliance report by December 31st, 2017.

The accessibility compliance report requires businesses to indicate that they have met all of their AODA responsibilities, including their requirements within information and communications, which covers Section 12 and 14 of the AODA. These sections of the legislation outline the requirements for accessible formats and communication support and accessible websites and web content. However, only businesses with more than 50 employees have to comply with web accessibility guidelines, meaning that they are exempt from filling out that section of the report.

In addition, businesses should be aware that financial penalties are possible if the report is not completed, and it is the same amount of risk not to complete the report then it is to submit.

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