The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) became law on June 13, 2005. Under this landmark legislation, the government of Ontario has developed mandatory accessibility standards that identifies, removes, and prevents barriers for people with disabilities.
Public sector organizations must include accessibility criteria in their processes for buying and acquiring goods, services and facilities. This means considering accessibility, where possible, along with other criteria like the quality and cost of the items as well as incorporating accessible design and features where possible.
For accessibility considerations when purchasing goods or services, see Procurement and the AODA.