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Additional AODA requirements take effect Jan. 1, 2015

from OMCA

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005. If you operate a business in Ontario (unless your business is federally regulated) you are subject to the AODA and the standards. Many of the requirements under the Act and regulations have been phased in gradually since 2012. Jan. 1, 2015 is the next "trigger date" for additional obligations under the Act and regulations as follows:

• Effective Jan. 1, 2015, businesses with 50 or more employees must ensure customer feedback processes are in a format accessible to persons with disabilities and must notify the public of the availability of accessible formats.
• Effective Jan. 1, 2015, businesses with under 50 employees must implement policies on how they will achieve accessibility through compliance with the regulation. [This requirement has been in place since Jan. 1, 2014 for businesses with 50 or more employees.]
• Effective Jan. 1, 2015, businesses with under 50 employees must consider accessibility when designing or procuring self-service kiosks. [This requirement has been in place since Jan. 1, 2014 for businesses with 50 or more employees].
• Effective Jan. 1, 2015, businesses with 50 or more employees must ensure:

1. Training is provided to all employees appropriate to their duties (including anyone who provides services on behalf of the business) on the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (O. Reg. 191/11) and on the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities.
2. Changes to the organization's Accessibility Policies & Plans are covered in training on an on-going basis.
3. Training records are kept, including dates and number of employees trained. more


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