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Normandin Beaudry

Comply to make Ontario more accessible for persons with disabilities


There, in black and white

NB bulletin Vol. 17 N. 4, May 2014

In 2005, the Ontario government enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which aims to eliminate barriers that persons with physical or psychological limitations may face. This Act includes different standards that employers must comply with to create accessible workplaces that allow employees with disabilities to reach their full potential. 

Regardless of where their head office is located, all employers registered in Ontario must comply with this Act. Its phased implementation began in 2005 and will continue until 2021. The first accessibility standards, which were implemented in 2012, deal with customer service and emergency measures. 

Employment standard

The next standards that must be implemented by January 2017 include the employment standard form. However, some requirements of the employment standard must be applied as of 2014. This standard requires employers to ensure accessibility at all stages of the employment life cycle, including recruitment, appraisal and selection, performance management, reassignment and professional development. 

To comply with the standards, certain documents must be submitted to the Ontario government in due and proper from. To learn more about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the employment standard in particular, please visit the website of the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. 


Do you have operations in Ontario? Normandin Beaudry’s professionals can help you comply with the requirements of this Act. They can support you in completing your initial analysis, determining the measures to implement, developing your accessibility plan or simply preparing your documents of intent.


Please feel free to contact us for additional information.

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