Important for Business Owners With 1-49 Employees:
Making Accommodations For Disabled Ontarians Is Becoming Law On January 1, 2015
The Ontario government recognizes that 13.7% of its population has a disability, and is integrating new laws for businesses to be accessible. Ontario has an aging population and it’s important for businesses to accommodate everyone. In the New Year, it is becoming mandatory for businesses with less than 50 employees to start the process as follows:
“Beginning January 1, 2015, create one or more accessibility policies that demonstrate your organization’s
commitment to becoming more accessible.”
For example, a retail store may create a policy that indicates when a person with a disability requests information in an accessible way, that the Manager is notified. This ensures consistency for these types of requests. As a small company, you don’t need your policies in writing they can simply be shared with your team verbally.
The policy topics that you may want to consider could be in the areas of customer service, employment, your website, information, communications, transportation, design of public spaces and office renovations.
Once the policies are created, the integration process is to begin in 2016 with training and in 2017 with standards in recruitment, information for employees, processes to accommodate employees and accessible formats of information and communication.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure has created online tools for you including an accessibility policy template and an accessibility compliance wizard. This tool enables you to anonymously fill in survey questions and be provided with the information your business will need to be compliant.
For questions about these new compliance standards, visit Ontario.ca/AccessON or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on how your business can prepare for the next tax season, contact Peter Wiesner CPA, CA for details at 905-898-3355.