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Enacting AODA Postsecondary Education Standards

AODA standards mandate how organizations must make themselves accessible to people with disabilities. Moreover, the standards outline organizations’ responsibilities, and the deadlines they must meet. AODA Standards development committees are responsible for creating and maintaining the standards. For example, each committee consults extensively with the public to make recommendations to include in its proposed standards. The committee then submits its final recommendations to the minister in charge of the AODA. Finally, the minister must recommend to the Lieutenant Governor that the standard be accepted in whole, in part, or with modifications. The AODA Postsecondary Education Standards Development Committee submitted its final recommendations to the government in 2022. However, the government has taken no more steps toward enacting AODA postsecondary education standards.

Enacting AODA Postsecondary Education Standards

The Committee recommends:

In addition, the Committee recommends accessibility training for employees, including additional training for:

Furthermore, the Committee recommends:

Moreover, the Committee also recommends:

Currently, there are only five (5) AODA standards. Consequently, the government must enact standards in many more sectors, including postsecondary education. In other words, enacting AODA postsecondary education standards is a crucial step toward meeting the AODA’s goal of an accessible province by 2025. In contrast, if the government does not implement these recommendations, it will not meet the deadline mandated in its own law.