The AODA provides for inspection and enforcement mechanisms. Negative incentives include a maximum $50,000 fine per day for a person and a maximum $100,000 fine per day for a corporation.
What this means for your organization:
Once standards are in force as regulations and if they apply to your organization, your organization will file an accessibility report within the dates stated.
The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, also known as the Customer Service Standard, came into force January 1, 2008 and is now the law.
Designated public sector organizations must comply by January 1, 2010 and file a report by 2010.
Organizations in the private sector, including non-profit, with 20 or more employees must comply by January 1, 2012, and file a report in 2012.
Organizations in the private sector, including non-profit, with one to nineteen employees must comply by January 1, 2012, but are exempted from reporting.
Relax and have an Accessibility Consultant review your organization’s policies, practices and procedures regarding people with disabilities. You will be provided with paperwork and agreeable methods to comply with the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service. You will become involved in the suggested methods of delivery of services to people with disabilities. If your organization has existing policies, practices and procedures for people with disabilities, they will be reviewed and updated where necessary. Once your policy, practices and procedures are determined and actualized, they will be assessed in the future for their ability to meet goals set out in your policy.
Finally, when it is time for your organization to report to the Ministry
on any of the standards requiring documentation, your Accessibility Consultant
will prepare the information with your approval and smiles.
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