AODA 2021 – Web Accessibility Deadline

AODA 2021 – Web Accessibility Deadline

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a law created in 2005 by the government of Ontario, Canada to help improve accessibility standards across the province. As part of this law Web Accessibility standards were put into place. The goal of AODA is for the province of Ontario to be accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.

All public sector organizations (including government, municipalities, and educational institutions) and all private organizations with 50 or more employees (including businesses, nonprofits, and private educational institutions) are required to be WCAG 2.0 AA accessible (excluding live captioning and audio descriptions) by January 1st, 2021.

If your current private business is under 50 employees you are not required to be WCAG 2.0 AA accessible by January 1st 2021 yet. 

 

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Who must comply

By law, you must make new and significantly refreshed public websites accessible if you are:

  • a private or non-profit organization with 50+ employees; or
  • a public sector organization

The organization that controls the website must meet the accessibility requirements.

Compliance deadline

  • Beginning January 1, 2021: all public websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012 must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA other than criteria 1.2.4 (live captions) and 1.2.5 (pre-recorded audio descriptions)

We compiled a list of resources below. 

Resources

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