The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a 2005 provincial law designed to improve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities to all public establishments. Building on earlier laws, AODA sets high standards in order to achieve its goal of an accessible Ontario.
Unlike many accessibility statutes, AODA applies to all organizations, both in the public sector and private sector. And while some regulations only apply to larger organizations or to public sector organizations, all organizations subject to Ontario provincial regulation, regardless of size, need to be aware of AODA’s requirements.
Because AODA is focused on achieving accessibility on a broad scale, most of its provisions are focused on physical, rather than digital, accessibility. However digital accessibility is major concern, especially in the Information and Communication Standards, which require organizations to make information available in accessible formats and for websites, web content, and mobile apps to comply with WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards by January 1, 2021.
Download the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Whitepaper to:
- Find out how AODA fits in with other Canadian and provincial accessibility laws
- Learn what AODA requirements apply to your organization
- Discover how WCAG 2.0 success criteria are built into AODA
- See what the penalties are for violating AODA’s requirements
- Learn about industry-specific rules that might apply to your organization