Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), 2001
The AODA is the afterward legislation of the Ontarians with Disabilities ACT (ODA), 2001. The ODA Act received Royal Assent on 14 December 2001 and came into force on February 7, 2002. The obligations under the ODA remain in effect as accessibility standards are developed under the AODA.
For more information please visit the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee’s website.
Ontario Human Rights Code
The AODA does not supersede the Ontario Human Rights Code and if two laws conflict with one another, Section 38 of the AODA states that the law that provides the higher level of accessibility is the law that must be followed. Persons with disabilities who encounter barriers to services, facilities, housing or employment will continue to be able to file complaints under the OHRC, and the OHRC remains the key enforcement mechanism for individuals with disabilities.
For more information please visit the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s website.
Canadian Human Rights Act
The principle of the Canadian Human Rights Act is that “all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices “. The Ontario Human Rights Code requires organizations to accommodate people with disabilities to the point of undue hardship.
For more information please visit the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s website.