Non-profits and charities should be aware of their potential obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the "AODA"). The AODA was introduced in 2005 to establish accessibility requirements and standards for employers and providers of goods and services. Requirements under this Act will continue to be phased in for the next 5-6 years.
It is important for non-profits and charities to ensure they are in compliance with the accessibility requirements or they could face substantial fines for non-compliance. For more information on the AODA and its associated regulations please visit:
Guide to the AODA - http://www.aoda.ca/guide-to-the-act/
AODA Compliance Wizard - https://www.appacats.mcss.gov.on.ca/eadvisor/
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.