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Introduction

  • ISSN: 1708-363X
  • Issued: December 15, 2011
  • Content last reviewed: December 2011

Each year, the Government of Ontario sets a course to prevent, identify and remove barriers for persons with disabilities. Every ministry participates through its annual accessibility plans, as required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA).

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is Ontario's roadmap to become barrier-free by 2025. It includes accessibility standards in:

  • Customer service
  • Information and communications
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Built environment

This year the accessibility plans will help to inform planning requirements under the new Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) that came into force last summer under the AODA. The IAS requires the Government of Ontario to develop a multi-year plan to prevent and remove barriers for persons with disabilities.

Our annual accessibility plan outlines the specific steps the government is taking to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Building on last year's plan, the ministry's 2011–12 accessibility plan will continue moving the Ministry of Labour toward the goal of an accessible province for all Ontarians.

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has made significant progress towards making accessibility a part of its core business. The accessibility governance structure includes dedicated staff resources, an advisory leads committee and specifies managers throughout the organization as point persons to guide and oversee the implementation of the accessibility standards. The Ministry of Labour's strategic plan entrenches our commitment to improving accessibility and includes a key performance indicator that "the Ministry of Labour will communicate information openly, transparently and accessibly to all clients, stakeholders and the public." This ODA plan forms an integral component of the ministry's broader strategic plan.

To view other ministries' Accessibility Plans, visit Ontario.ca.

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