Kathleen Chevalier -
On June 3, 2011, the Ontario government released the final Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (the Integrated Standard) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the AODA). The Integrated Standard combined three separate accessibility standards: information and communication; employment; and transportation. The Information and Communications Standards’ focus is to ensure that information and communications relating to the provision of goods and services are accessible to persons with disabilities, while the Employment Standards set out how organizations are to incorporate accessibility measures for persons with disabilities, both in recruitment processes and during employment. The aim of the Transportation Standards is to prevent and remove barriers that persons with disabilities may face when attempting to access transportation services.
The Integrated Standard came into force on July 1, 2011 and will be implemented in phases according to its staggered compliance deadlines.
The following is a highlight of the requirements as set out in the Integrated Standard, and is not intended to be a comprehensive summary. Not all compliance deadlines are referred to, and where the deadline is January 1, 2012, it has been specified . Otherwise, we encourage you to seek further advice or consult the legislation for particulars.