AODA - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
On June 13, 2005, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), received Royal Assent and is now law. The purpose of the AODA 2005 is to benefit all Ontarians by developing, implementing, and enforcing accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities.
Customer Service Standard
The Customer Service Standard under AODA applies to 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 have one or more employees in Ontario. All providers that are covered by the customer service standard must comply with certain requirements to improve accessibility with regards to customer service.
On June 3, 2011, the Ontario government released the final AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the "AODA" or the "Act"). The Final Regulation combines accessibility standards in three areas – information and communication, employment, and transportation.
Please visit our AODA Information and Communication Compliance Deadlines for more information on the AODA Information and Communication Standard.
Broadcasting and Telecommunications Regulatory Policy, (CRTC 2009-430), has provisions and impending deadlines that affect our telecommunications customers. By July 21, 2010, telecommunications service providers must promote information on all of their disability-specific services and products, in the accessible manner(s) of their choice; incorporate an easy-to-find home page link to the special needs/disability sections of their websites, and make their general call centres accessible by training CSRs in handling enquiries and familiarizing themselves with the service providers' products and services for persons with disabilities.
CRTC - The Wireless Code
The CTRC Wireless Code establishes new standards that all wireless service providers must follow. Under section B, Contracts and related documents - 1. Postpaid service contracts: A service provider must give the customer a permanent copy of the contract and related documents at no charge. Part iii of that section, “A service provider must provide a customer with a copy of the contract in an alternative format for people with disabilities upon request, at no charge, at any time during the commitment period.” It will apply to new contracts starting on December 2, 2013. Please visit the CRTC website for more information.
New Standard on Web Accessibility 2.0
The Government of Canada's New Standard on Web Accessibility and new Standard on Web Usability is now in effect to reflect modern practices on the web and changes in technology.
The World Wide Web Consortium, (W3C), is the industry recognized body for setting standards for making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities to ensure that all users can have equal access to information and functionality through the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). An accessible website is achieved when web pages and processes are validated for compliance against the W3C's Standards, (WCAG 2.0 level AA).