National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to highlight the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and inclusive workplaces. Learn more about:

About accessibility laws

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is intended to reduce and remove barriers for people with disabilities so that Ontario can become more accessible and inclusive for everyone. Collaboration among businesses, organizations, communities and all levels of government is key to reaching this goal.

Learn about Ontario’s AODA laws and standards, our action plan and progress in becoming accessible for people with disabilities by 2025.

Consultations

Submit your feedback on the initial recommendations for the development of:


People with disabilities

Learn what programs and services are available to help prevent, reduce and remove accessibility barriers you may face in everyday life.

Information for businesses

Learn how making your business or organization more accessible and inclusive can expand your talent pool and customer base.

What you need to know

Learn about the laws, standards and resources available to help reduce and remove the barriers you may face in everyday life.

Accessibility framework

Advancing Accessibility in Ontario is a framework that will help us continue to identify, and remove, barriers for people with disabilities — making the province more accessible.


Requirements for organizations

The AODA requirements and reporting deadlines you need to meet depend on the type and size of your organization. You are exempt if you do not have employees in Ontario. There are two main types of organizations that need to comply:

Designated public sector organizations

This category consists of the broader public sector, including municipalities and other organizations described under the AODA.

Businesses and non-profit organizations

This category consists of all businesses and organizations that are not part of the designated public sector under the AODA.


Completing your accessibility compliance report

Learn how to file an accessibility compliance report for businesses and non-profit organizations with 20 or more employees and public sector organizations. Remember to notify us of any changes or updates to your organization’s profile information.

Legislative reviews, committees and councils

Current reviews of accessibility laws and requirements, including reports by appointed committees and councils that advise the government.

Age-friendly and accessibility grants

Learn about our grants and how you can receive money to help create a more accessible and inclusive Ontario for people of all ages and abilities.

Subscribe to Ontario’s AODA newsletter

Sign up for the AODA Toolbox and get news about deadlines, requirements, success stories and tips to make your business or organization open to all.


Stay in touch

Contact us if you have any questions or if you need any of our material in a different format. You can also provide your feedback to help us improve accessibility in Ontario.

Updated: October 19, 2021
Published: May 08, 2015