An update from the AODA Alliance... below is commentary from the Alliance... clearly lots more to be done. | Blog

An update from the AODA Alliance... below is commentary from the Alliance... clearly lots more to be done.

The Ontario Government only has 9 years, 10 months and 22 days left to lead Ontario to become fully accessible to 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities. Our campaign to get Ontario back on schedule for full accessibility by 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires, has gotten yet more media attention. We show you examples below.
This media coverage focuses on three important recent developments:
1. The Ontario Government’s February 13, 2015 public release of the final report of Professor Mayo Moran’s November 2014 final report of her Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the AODA. In that report, Professor Moran concluded that Premier Wynne must show strong new leadership on disability accessibility and revitalize the AODA’s implementation. She found that after ten years of implementing the AODA, it has not made a significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Its implementation and enforcement must be beefed up.
2. The Government knows there are still a staggering 60% of private sector organizations with at least 20 employees that are violating the AODA. The Government knows that many if not most of those organizations have been clearly violating that legislation for over two years.
3. Despite this, the Government told the AODA alliance in its February 19, 2015 letter that it plans to
cut back on its enforcement of the AODA this year, reducing by one-third the number of organizations it will audit for AODA compliance.