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Ontario legal support and resources

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We advocate on the premise that everyone should be able to participate in all aspects of society. It’s helpful to understand legislation and standards that protect your rights to ensure the law is working for you.

Provincial legislation – Ontario

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), including Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)

This includes:

  • General accessibility policies and plans, staff training
  • Information and communications standards, such as information in alternate formats
  • Employment standards, like accommodations during recruitment and application processes
  • Transportation standards, including audible stop announcements and paratransit
  • Design of public spaces/built environment standards
  • Customer Service Standards, such as support persons and service animals
  • Standards for healthcare and education, currently under development


Ontario Human Rights Code

  • Supporting information on the rights of people with disabilities on the Ontario Human Rights Commission's website

Blind Persons' Rights Act

  • This covers topics including guide dogs in public areas and rental units

New Accessibility Amendments to Ontario's Building Code

  • The new requirements apply to most new construction and extensive renovations. Existing buildings, where no work is planned, are not affected. Houses, townhouses and duplexes are not affected by most accessibility requirements, with the exception of smoke alarm requirements.


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