January 2020
Government Establishes Cross-Ministry Framework for Advancing Accessibility

2020-01-28 10:14:28 AM


Following a legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2019 and input from stakeholders, the government has developed a new cross-ministry framework that will continue to contribute to a barrier-free Ontario.

The Advancing Accessibility in Ontario framework is focused in four areas:

  • Breaking down barriers in the built environment;

  • Government leading by example in its role as a policy maker, service provider, and employer;

  • Increasing participation in the economy for people with disabilities; and

  • Improving understanding and awareness about accessibility.  

The AODA’s goal is to be create an accessible Ontario by 2025 and sets a process for developing and enforcing five accessibility standards: information and communication, employment, transportation, design of public spaces, and customer service. The Act is required to be reviewed five years after it becomes law to assess whether it is working as intended or if adjustments need to be made.

Most recently, the Information and Communications Standards Development Committee made 31 recommendations to the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility on standards under the AODA around information and communications.

Upcoming deadlines under the AODA are:

  • December 31, 2020: deadline for organizations with 20 or more employees in Ontario to file an Accessibility Compliance Report; and

  • January 1, 2021: deadline for organizations with 50 or more employees in Ontario to make website and web content accessible.

For more information, please see below:

Ontario Newsroom: Ontario Establishes a New Framework to Continue Progress on Accessibility

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

AMCTO: Committee Submits Initial Recommendations for Accessibility Standards


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