Canada: Federal Employers Face New Accessibility Requirements

Canada: Federal Employers Face New Accessibility Requirements

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.

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