Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act has as its main purpose the achievement of accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises before January 1, 2025. This is to be accomplished by developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards. Service managers and housing providers will be bound by these accessibility standards as the standards apply to any person or organization that employs persons in Ontario, offers accommodation, or owns or occupies a building, structure or premise (section 6(3)). As of this writing, no accessibility standards have been developed under the Act that apply to residential buildings. Accessibility standards are being developed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on an ongoing basis and it would be advisable to contact them for information about future accessibility standards. Municipal service managers should note that the Ontarians with Disabilities Act continues to apply to them.
Ontario Launches Review of Accessibility Legislation - June 12, 2009
Public Review Period Open - July 14, 2009
Link: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (www.e-laws.gov.on.ca)
See also: Accessibility