Ontario Moving Forward with Accessibility Certification Program

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Province Encouraging Businesses to Be Leaders in Accessibility

Release Date: May 29, 2015 10:30 A.M / 

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure


SPH looks forward to monitoring this initiative, as identified by the Province of Ontario in a recent news release:

"Ontario is continuing its work towards an accessible province by 2025 by exploring options for a new accessibility certification program. 

The province will consult with industry, disability advocates, certification experts, municipalities, and not-for-profits to develop a voluntary, third-party certification program -- inspired by the success of theLEED designation promoting excellence in green building -- to recognize businesses and organizations that have championed accessibility.

This program would help leaders stand out in their sector or community and promote the economic advantages of accessibility. It would encourage businesses to go beyond the requirements of the law and make accessibility part of daily life.   

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) would guide the program's requirements. Since 2005, this act has set standards that make it easier for people with disabilities to participate in their workplaces and communities.

Improving accessibility is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan".