AODA Compliance

What is AODA Compliance?

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was formed in 2005 by provincial authorities to fix accessibility standards in Ontario.

What does AODA do for Accessibility?

The AODA improves the existing accessibility policy by laying out clear rules, deadlines, enforcement systems, and penalties for the accessibility policies. They codified standards for web accessibility in Canada.

ontario accessibility website

A screenshot of the Ontario Accessibility Page for making websites accessible.

Link to the Ontario webpage showing how to make websites accessible: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-make-websites-accessible

What are the AODA requirements?

The AODA standard is based on the WCAG guidelines. However, it has some exceptions for content that cannot be made accessible/

  1. Some online maps and complex diagrams: In this case, owners need to provide an accessible version upon request.
  2. Web content posted before 2012: In this case it is okay but if the content was updated, AODA guidelines apply.

What are the penalties for noncompliance?

AODA’s accessibility requirements are enforced with an iron fist. Failure to comply can result in fines of 50,000 dollars per day for individuals and fines up to 100,000 dollars per day for corporations.

AODA violations are classified into 3 types of infraction:

  • Minor violations. This is when your website doesn’t have some specific accessibility features, like texts that aren’t compatible with screen readers.
  • Moderate violations. When your website disregards accessibility standards, showing a lack of “organizational preparedness” to make the site accessible by missing more than one or two accessibility requirements.
  • Major violations. This is when your website includes non-accessible elements that could pose a safety or health risk to people with disabilities, like running animations that could trigger a seizure in users with photosensitive epilepsy.

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