AODA Compliance: Preparing Your Retirement Community in Ontario

Key Information and Steps for Retirement Communities in Ontario

As managers and stakeholders of retirement communities in Ontario, it's crucial to stay informed and prepared for upcoming legislative deadlines, specifically regarding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

The AODA's aim is to create a more accessible Ontario by identifying, removing, and preventing barriers for people with disabilities, and it includes critical compliance dates that directly impact our communities.

Compliance Required Since December 31, 2023

Who Needs to File an AODA Compliance Report?

All businesses in Ontario, including retirement communities, with 20 or more employees must file an Accessibility Compliance Reporting Form every three years. The due date for this Compliance Report was December 31, 2023. For organizations with fewer than 20 employees, other AODA obligations remain, though filing this particular report isn't one of them.

Why It Matters?

Web and Multi-Year Planning Requirements

For larger organizations (with 50 or more employees), there's an emphasis on online accessibility. Since January 1, 2021, these organizations must comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA. This involves ensuring your digital content is accessible to all, including those with disabilities. Additionally, developing a multi-year accessibility plan is part of your obligations.

Compliance Report: A Closer Look

A Full Compliance Report includes more than online accessibility requirements. We highly encourage you to read more about that on the AODA website. Completing the Compliance Report requires that you confirm that all provided information is accurate, and it must be signed by a management member. A director of human resources or equivalent executive is often best suited to lead this task.

Public and Private Sector Compliance

Public-sector organizations have a biennial reporting requirement, while private sectors, including most retirement communities, report every three years. 

What Should You Do?

  • Review and Understand AODA Standards: Ensure you're aware of and understand the requirements.
  • Assess Your Compliance: Check how your community aligns with these standards, focusing on policies, programs, spaces, and services.
  • Consult and Improve: Engage with disability experts and community members to identify areas for improvement, exceeding standard AODA compliance when possible.

How We Can Help: Get a Fully Accessible Website in Minutes!

Preparing for AODA compliance might seem overwhelming, but you're not alone in this journey. Digital Seniority offers a Free Compliance Audit and an introduction to our partner's innovative AI web accessibility solution.

We will help you streamline your process, ensuring you not only meet the compliance deadline for online accessibility.

AODA Compliance Web Accessibility for Retirement Residences in Ontario

Web Accessibility done manually requires a significant outlay of web development investment and constant upkeep. Through AI technology you not only gain a compliant website instantly, your website is kept compliant automatically at a fraction of the cost.

Through our partnership with accessiBe, we proudly offer a 10% discount off their listed sales price with a 7-day free trial. Moreover, we provide additional hands-on support, making your website's transition to full web accessibility as seamless as possible.

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