As of January 1, 2021, new web accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) come into effect for the University. The purpose of this legal standard is to ensure that the information we provide via our websites is accessible for persons with disabilities. As with all parts of the AODA, proactively removing barriers to accessing information is a legal requirement and comes with enforceable compliance measures.
Section 14 of the information and communication standards states that all websites accessible to the public and that the University directly controls must conform to Level AA (with some exceptions) of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Since 2014, all new and significantly refreshed websites have had to conform to Level A.
As accessibility is a shared responsibility, we appreciate your continued leadership in ensuring we are meeting our obligations under the AODA. The AODA Office is available as a resource to you and your teams to provide advice and guidance on making your publicly accessible websites comply with this legislation.
For further questions or advice please contact Ben Poynton, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org