Ontario passes “historic” accessibility law

Accessibility standards in all industries to be set within five years
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/27/2005

In what’s hailed as a “historic” bill, the government of Ontario has unanimously passed a law to make the province fully accessible in 20 years for residents with disabilities.

Under the new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, industry groups will work with the government and people with disabilities to develop mandatory standards particular to each industry.

The standards address the full range of disabilities, including physical, sensory, hearing, mental health, developmental and learning. They will be set in both the public and private sectors, and may include: