What does AODA stand for in Ontario?
Businesses must also file a compliance report; the filing deadline was set for Dec. 31, 2020, but has been extended to June 30, 2021.
So, what happens if a business fails to comply? Per Accessibility Services Canada, the maximum penalties under the AODA include:
- Corporations can be fined up to $100,000 per day.
- Individuals and unincorporated organizations can be fined up to $50,000 per day.
- Directors and officers of a corporation or organization can be fined up to $50,000 per day.
According to current enforcement guidelines, businesses face larger fines for their first violations, and these penalties can apply every day that the violation continues.
While the AODA applies to all levels of government, all nonprofits, and all private sector businesses with one or more employees (including part-time employees and contractors), penalties are currently restricted to organizations with 50 or more employees. That includes businesses, public sector organizations, and nonprofits.
Read the complete AODA act
AODA – Accessibility for Ontarians and Disability Act
WCAG – Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
ADA – American’s with Disabilities Act
CVAA – Communications and Video Accessibility Act
VPAT – Voluntary Product Accessibility Template
Section 508 – Rehabilitation Act of 1973