Private sector employers under federal jurisdiction should prepare to face new accessibility requirements set out in the Accessible Canada Act (C-81) which aims to identify, remove and prevent barriers to inclusion for persons with disabilities. Under the new law, which will take effect on a date set by the governor in council, employers must:
- Follow accessibility regulations and develop accessibility plans describing how they will identify, remove and prevent barriers across their operations
- Establish processes for receiving and dealing with feedback about the implementation of their accessibility plan and about any barriers that a person may have encountered in dealing with the organization
- Publish regular progress reports describing the implementation of their plans and feedback received, and how that feedback has been taken into consideration
A new accessibility commissioner will spearhead compliance and enforcement activities.