What About Accessibility For Ontarian's With Disabilities Act (AODA)?

Submitted 4 years ago by Dan Trepanier 

As an Ontario employer participating in our Internship programs you must be AODA Compliant.

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People with disabilities dine out, work, travel, shop and do business. People with disabilities have spending power! A Royal Bank study released in the year 2000 estimated the spending power of people with disabilities to be $25 billion dollars a year in Canada. Businesses that are accessible attract more customers and improve services for everyone.

In 2005, the Ontario Government took a step toward building a more accessible province when it passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) calling for the development of standards for accessibility in five key areas of daily living: Customer Service, Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation, and Built Environment.

As of January 1st 2012, the AODA Act legally requires all organizations, both public and private, that provide goods or services either directly to the public or to other organizations in Ontario (third parties) and that haveone or more employees to provide accessible customer service to persons of all ability levels.