Accessible Employment Standard

The Accessibility Standard for Employment will help Ontario businesses and municipalities make accessibility a regular part of finding, hiring and supporting employees with disabilities.

Municipalities will have to:

  • Let job applicants know that recruitment and hiring processes will be modified to accommodate their disabilities, if requested.
  • Build the accessibility needs of employees into their human resources practices.
  • Create a written process (not applicable to small organizations) for developing and documenting individual accommodation plans for employees with disabilities.
  • Help employees stay safe in an emergency by providing them with individualized emergency response information when necessary  

Key dates:

  • All sectors were required to provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees, when necessary, as of January 1, 2012 the other requirements of the standard will be phased in for: 
    • public sector organizations (hospitals, municipalities, colleges and universities) beginning in 2014 and 2015 
    • private and non-profit organizations beginning in 2016 and 2017.