Regulations under this act:
O. Reg 429/07 ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
O. Reg 430/07 EXEMPTION FROM REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
All Ontarians will benefit from the Act whose purpose is to identify and remove any barriers – physical barriers, architectural barriers, information or communications barriers, attitudinal barriers, technological barriers, or policies or practices - that may prevent a person with a disability from fully participating in all aspects of society.
The term “disability” applies to
- physical disabilities caused by bodily injury, birth defects or illness,
- conditions of mental impairment or a developmental disability,
- a learning disability or dysfunction causing difficulties in understanding or using symbols or spoken language,
- a mental disorder, or
- an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
The Act establishes accessibility standards that (a) aid in the identification and removal of barriers or in the prevention of the erection of barriers, and (b) require the persons or organizations named or described in the standards to implement policies, practices or other requirements within the time periods specified in the standard.
Municipalities shall establish Accessibility Advisory Committees, the majority of members being persons with disabilities, for the purpose of advising council about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards and to make any other related recommendations.