News | January 23, 2020

Website Accessibility - Good for Your Business

We have been connecting with accessibility experts on how AODA will affect our clients in Ontario and soon enough Canada. While Ontario is the first province to be mandated to comply, more provinces will follow. Below is key info on next steps for the 2020.

By Giuseppe Simpatico

The digital world has become so consuming at every touchpoint in our lives, that is in a very real sense, how we now experience the real world. Think about it. We do everything online; building relationships, ordering meals, consuming entertainment, right down to purchasing day-to-day necessities. It’s how we work, we play, we live.

However, around 15% of our population has a disability that can hinder them from using the everyday digital tools we love. Can you imagine life restricted to living offline, unable to navigate the platforms that now support our everyday life, in some very essential and meaningful ways?

 

Why Accessibility Matters from Siteimprove Inc on Vimeo.

 

Website accessibility has been a hot topic in the US (even Beyonce has been affected) and will soon have a major impact in Canada. Ontario has decided to be the first province to make website accessibility a priority and soon enough it will be the law.

If you have an Ontario-based private or public business with 50+ employees, AODA Compliance will impact you.

In the last 6 months, CREW has taken the initiative to be proactive regarding website accessibility. We have been connecting with accessibility experts on how AODA will affect our clients in Ontario and soon enough Canada. While Ontario is the first province to be mandated to comply, more provinces will follow. Below is key info on next steps for 2020.

 

Ontario Deadline

A business with 20-49 employees you must file an Accessibility Compliance Report by December 31, 2020.

A business with 50 or more employees must file an Accessibility Compliance Report by December 31, 2020. And you must make all websites and web content accessible by January 1, 2021.

Fines

Ontario organizations that fail to comply could face a fine of up to $50,000 – $100,000 per day of non-compliance.

Training

Ontario offers free training to businesses to succeed with accessibility.

 

Want to learn more on the key information business owners need to know? Head over to our friends at Equidox.

Interested in guidelines for website accessibility? Check out this list from Siteimprove.


If you need support ensuring your web presence is compliant and not at risk of being fined, reach out to our team. We’d love to connect with you if you have any questions, or need help understanding how this impacts your business. CREW’s web team is prepared to help.

 

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