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5.1.3

Implement the standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to comply with Provincial regulations.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
The Region of Waterloo is currently completing the tasks outlined in the 5-year Accessibility Plan and the Region has met all the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) to date, including:

  • Establishing an Accessibility Policy outlining how the Region will meet the requirements of the AODA standards;
  • Development of a Multi-year accessibility plan;
  • Providing training to all employees, volunteers, and relevant third parties;
  • Providing emergency and public safety information in accessible formats to the public upon request;
  • Providing workplace emergency information to employees with disabilities;
  • Revised Human Resources Policy I-40, Accommodation in the Workplace, to include AODA Employment Standard requirements;
  • Established Human Resources processes related to accommodating candidate with disabilities in the recruitment process;
  • Implemented vehicle identification plates on all taxicabs licensed by the Region of Waterloo, both inside and outside the taxicabs, along with three additional provisions related to taxicab licensing;
  • Over 42 provisions related to conventional and specialized transportation services;
  • Provided information and training to all relevant staff on the Design of Public Spaces Standard.

The next phase of this project will include providing support to staff to ensure continued compliance and may include job-specific training, support for accessible documents, communications support for the design of public spaces, and ongoing accessibility improvements as per the 5-year accessibility plan.
With the completion of third party and volunteer training the Region will have completed 100% of the required tasks for the AODA required for 2015

Progress Update (September 2013)

Since the initial multi-departmental initiative, the Province released Ontario Regulation 191/11, the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, in June, 2011. The IASR outlines accessibility standards in the areas of information and communication, employment, and transportation, along with a number of general provisions related to planning, policy development, and training, each with specific deadlines for implementation between July 1, 2011 and January 1, 2021.

Since the release of the IASR, a comprehensive and coordinated approach has been developed to implement the requirements of the IASR. Also, a corporate accessibility policy has been developed in response to the Policy requirements of the IASR, and work is currently underway to develop the Region of Waterloo’s first Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. Concurrently, the Region of Waterloo has met all requirements of the IASR to date.

Progress Update (January 2013)

Work has been completed to implement the standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in order to comply with Provincial regulations. There are specific deadlines for implementation between July 1, 2011 and January 1, 2021. Since the release of these standards, a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach has been developed to implement the requirements. 

The Region of Waterloo has met all requirements of the standards to date, including:

  • Providing emergency and public safety information in accessible formats to the public upon request.
  • Providing workplace emergency information to employees with disabilities.
  • Implementing vehicle identification plates on all taxicabs licensed by the Region of Waterloo, both inside and outside the taxicabs, along with three additional provisions related to taxicab licensing.
  • Over 13 provisions related to conventional and specialized transportation services, including providing identical fare payment options for specialized transit services six months ahead of the required timeline.

Over the remainder of the project, resources and training will be developed and implemented to position the Region of Waterloo for continued compliance with the AODA.  Also, a corporate accessibility policy has been developed in response to the policy requirements and work is currently underway to develop the Region of Waterloo's first Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. 

Progress Indicators

  • Timely submission of compliance reports to the province, meeting all provisions outlined in the regulations developed under the AODA.
  • Improved accessibility and removal of barriers for people with disabilities.

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)