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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

In June 2005, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 (AODA) was enacted into law. The AODA is more comprehensive and prescriptive than the Ontarians with Disabilities Act from 2001 and applies to the public sector as well as private and non-profit organizations. The AODA requires the development of accessibility standards, compliance deadlines, and administrative penalties for non-compliance.

The fundamental purpose of the AODA is to ensure that Ontario is accessible by 2025. Ontario is the first and only Canadian jurisdiction to regulate accessibility standards.

Standards Development Committees were established in the following areas:

  • Customer Service
  • Information and Communications
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Built Environment

Each of these standards have established implementation targets and compliance requirements for obligated organizations.

The AODA requires accessibility of goods, services, facilities, accommodations, employment as well as information and communications.

 

Implementation Strategy

North Middlesex supports the spirit and goals of the AODA to make the Province of Ontario accessible by 2025. The Municipality is striving to become more accessible and inclusive to people with disabilities by ensuring accessibility is a reality throughout all facilities and business operations. Ensuring accessibility is integrated into all Municipal initiatives, business practices, committees, departments and divisions.

Participating Municipalities

This multi-year accessibility plan is prepared jointly between the County of Middlesex and participating municipalities in Middlesex County.

2016 - 2021 North Middlesex Accessibility Plan
2019 Compliance Report (filed October 18, 2019) 

 

Accessibility for Customers, Feedback and Staff Training

The Municipality of North Middlesex adopted Policy and Procedures for Accessibility Standards for Customer Service in 2013. This document guides the municipality and its staff in delivering services, and is required training for employees and assisting the public.

Temporary Service Disruption

Any temporary disruption in service at a municipal facility will be posted at the affected facility and under the Notices page of this website.

Temporary Service Disruption Policy 003-2013 (amended by Council January 25, 2017) 

Accessibile Format or Communications Support and Web Users

The Municipality of North Middlesex will continue to strive to ensure that its official website and web content conform to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005, which calls for accessibility levels according to the World Wide Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A at a minimum.To illustrate North Middlesex's committment to a high level of website accessibility, as quickly as possible, the website conform to the WCAG 2.0 level AA ahead of the January 1, 2021 date required by AODA regulations.  Except where meeting this requirement is not practicable, this conformity applies to the websites web content and web based applications that are controlled directly through a contractual relationship that allows for the modification of the product and web content.

Every effort will be made to make the document available and AODA compliant.  If a document provided on the website contains elements that are inaccessible, an alternative method can be requested. In this event, please contact the Municipality of North Middlesex by phone, in person or by email.

If you require any document in an alternate format, please contact the Clerks Dept at 519-294-6244 ext 224

Request for Accessible Format or Comm Support Policy 003-2013 (amended by Council January 25, 2017) 

Accessibility Feedback or Request Form 

 

 

Accessibility and Workplace Accommodation Procedures

The Municipality is committed to an inclusive work place in all aspects of employment activities, including recruitment, selection, orientation, working conditions, career development/ advancement and performance management.

As an employer, the Municipality strives to ensure that current and potential employees with disabilities are accommodated so they may fully participate in all aspects of recruitment and employment. This includes a return to work program for staff through the accommodations policy.

Other Consultation Guidelines or Documents

Middlesex - Accessible Playground Consultation Document 
Accessible Playground Presentation (April 5, 2017 Council Meeting)

Recreation Trail Consultation and Guidelines Document (available after July 17, 2019)

Business of Accessibility Handbook (2019)

 

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