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AODA Resources

Resources on issues of accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

What is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?

Ontario businesses must follow the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) to prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities, but what is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?

The Ontario Regulation 191/11: Integrated Accessibility Standards is a grouping of five standards that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) developed.

What is the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)?

The IASR includes five standards in the areas of:


AODA Training Requirements: Who Needs It and Why?

In 2005, the Ontario Public Service passed The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), making AODA training required for all employers and workers in Ontario.

This Act made Ontario the first province to take action to increase accessibility for people who live with disabilities. For over 10 years, AODA training has been required in Ontario. However, some employers and workers are still unfamiliar with the terms accessibility and disability. Furthermore, many organizations fail to provide AODA training to their workers and/or volunteers.


An Accessible Ontario: Activities Undertaken by the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) was passed into law in 2005. The aim of AODA is to have a fully accessible Ontario by 2025. To meet the 2025 goal, the Ontario government has introduced area-specific standards while setting compliance timelines for the various sectors.

The table below outlines the various dates of when it took effect and when it needs to be implemented by to help achieve an accessible Ontario.


Service Animals in the Workplace – Are They Allowed?

Employers have the duty to accommodate persons with disabilities in the workplace. Accommodations range from changing work hours to modifying their workstation, to providing alternative work tasks, to even allowing service animals in the workplace.

What classifies as a service animal? What are your responsibilities as an employer? Below we answer these questions.

What is a service animal?

An animal is a service animal for a person with a disability:


Hiring People with Disabilities: Recruiting with AODA Accessibility in Mind

Although the deadlines for AODA compliance have passed, your company may not be hiring people with disabilities because you are unaware of how best to recruit from this demographic.

Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Employment is a key portion of the Ontario government’s plan to make Ontario an accessible province by 2025. After all, about one in seven people in Ontario has a disability. If you are in charge of recruiting and hiring, seek to make the process as welcoming as possible to Ontarians with a disability. Hiring people with disabilities allows your company to tap into a diverse range of options to fill your open positions.