Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the AODA, people with disabilities have the legal right to be free from discrimination in employment, services, goods, facilities and housing.

Main Purpose of the AODA

  • To achieve full access for all Ontarians by first developing and implementing, and then fully enforcing, Accessibility Standards on or before January 1, 2025.

The AODA Vision

  • An accessible Ontario in 20 years or less

Will require:

    • Fundamental, comprehensive change to ensure accessible buildings, communications, services and employment for people with disabilities.
      • Development and enforcement of five Accessibility Standards that will define appropriate levels of accessibility in the areas of Customer Service, Transportation, Information & Communication, the Built Environment and Employment.
  • Information and education to change attitudes, values and behaviour towards accessibility.

Will result in:

  • The full participation of Ontarians with disabilities in Ontario’s community and economic life.
  • Maintenance of dignity, quality of life and a strong economy for all Ontarians.

The AODA is the first legislation in the world that puts onus on businesses to make their places of work barrier-free for customers and employees with disabilities.

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