The Ontarians with Disabilities Act was enacted on February 7, 2002 and is legislation applied to public sector organizations to improve accessibility for people living with disabilities by identifying and removing physical barriers to accessing buildings using the four principles of dignity, independence, integration and opportunity.
Further to the ODA, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) became law on June 13, 2005. The AODA outlines mandatory and specific accessibility standards/requirements to identify, remove and prevent barriers for all people living with disabilities by the year 2025.
The ODA, 2001 remains in force but may be repealed in whole or in part once the AODA, 2005 is fully legislated.
Customer Service Standard
The Customer Service Standard was enacted on January 1, 2008 and was the first standard to be implemented under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. The compliance date for broader public sector was January 1, 2010. The compliance date for private sector organizations was January 1, 2012.
- Haliburton County Accessible Customer Service Policy
- County of Haliburton Customer Service Policy
- 2010 – Customer Service Accessibility Report
Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation
The second standard to be legislated under the AODA, 2005 was the Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation which was enacted on July 1, 2011. The Integrated Accessibility Standards specify legislation applicable to Employment, Information and Communications, Transportation and Design of Public Spaces. Compliance dates for both the public and private sectors vary according to the standard and type of organization.
- Haliburton County Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation Policy
Built Environment Standard
The Built Environment Standard is in the review stage and through potential changes to the current building code is intended to enhance accessibility at physical locations and buildings.