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Is your business in compliance with AODA?

Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act aims to make Ontario accessible by 2025.

What are my requirements under the AODA?
It will depend on the number of employees you have. See the following requirements:

1. 1-19 employees
2. 20-49 employees
3. 50+ employees

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Are there any exemptions to the AODA law?
Only, if you are self-employed and have no employees. If you employs full-time, part-time, seasonal and/or contract workers, you are required to comply with the AODA.

The Accessibility Standards Employer handbook contains a list of organizations that are required to comply. The types of organizations include, but are not limited to:

• Stores, restaurants, hotels, bars and hair salons;
• Garages, service stations, home renovators, architects, and builders;
• Travel agencies, tour operators, amusement parks, farmers’ markets and traveling fairs;
• Manufacturers and wholesalers;
• Professionals, such as doctors, dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, lawyers, and accountants, whether services are offered to individuals or to businesses;
• Consultants, programmers, engineers and event planners;
• Theatres, stadiums and conference centres

If I am federally regulated, am I required to comply with the Accessibility law?
The AODA is an Ontario law. However, should you require further assistance contact AccessOn 1-866-515-2025 or CFIB’s Ontario Business Resources.

Am I expected to build an accessible washroom and add a wheelchair ramp to my business?
The Accessibility law does not require you to re-construct your workplace, however, if you are undergoing significant construction and/or renovation to your business – you may need to review the AODA compliance through the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Is my website compliant with AODA requirements?
If you will be will be creating a new website or significantly updating your current website, you must make it accessible. If you are wondering if your website is compliant with AODA, use the AChecker which evaluates your HTML content. The AChecker will assess website content for known problems, likely problems, or potential problems simply by entering the web page, uploading an HTML file or by using the HTML source code. 

*Note: requirements of website accessibility is for those that employ more than 50 employees only

Is there any funding available for my business?
You may be interested in the Enabling Accessibility Fund, available through Employment and Social Development Canada. Funding is available for projects that help create and maintain job opportunities for people with disabilities. Please contact your municipality prior to engaging in any renovations to ensure you are aware of any other accessibility requirements.

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities program helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada accepts Opportunities Fund applications for local and regional projects on an ongoing basis.

Is there a certificate of compliance for my employees?
AccessForward provides few templates you may freely use:

Sample Certificate of Training

Confirmation of Training

Record of Training (for group session)